The Bread We Offer

Deacon Greg Kandra (The Deacon’s Bench) posted a great video from the Boston Globe about a company that produces altar bread on his blog this December. This short video is something that you and your students will no doubt find interesting to watch.

You may reflect on this prayer from the liturgy with your students:

Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life.
“Blessed be God forever.”

Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become our spiritual drink.
“Blessed be God forever.”

(Lord God, we ask you to receive us and be pleased with the sacrifice we offer you with humble and contrite hearts. Lord, wash away my iniquity; cleanse me from my sin.)

Although the bread and wine we share at Mass truly become the body and blood of the Lord, it has been prepared by human hands. We as a Church share in Christ’s offering by supplying the bread and wine. With these gifts, Catholics also bring the sacrifice of their daily lives to the Lord with humble and contrite hearts.


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