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  • Father David M. Knight

The Tripod of Prayer

Friday, 3rd week of Easter, April 20, 2018

The structure of the Mass reveals the Church's consciousness of the Father, Son and Spirit.

Mass begins "in the name of the Father… Son… Holy Spirit."

The intent of the Greeting is so clearly Trinitarian—"grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, love of God, communion in the Holy Spirit"—that many countries substitute "Father" for "God."

The Gloria praises the Father, Son and Spirit, ending with "you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father."

The Gospel reader is blessed: "May the Lord be in your heart and on your lips that you may proclaim his Gospel worthily and well, in the name of the Father… Son… Holy Spirit."

The Creed professes belief successively in "one God, the Father… and in "one Lord, the Son, made flesh by the Holy Spirit"… and in "the Holy Spirit, the Lord."

The Eucharistic Prayer ends with the doxology: "Through him, with him, in him (Jesus), to you, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory."

Before Communion the presider prays: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who by the will of the Father and the work of the Holy Spirit, through your death gave Life to the world; free me by this your most holy Body and Blood from all my sins and from every evil."

Mass ends with the final blessing: "May Almighty God bless you, Father, Son, and Spirit."

ACTION: Keep conscious of all Three Persons during Mass.

PRAYER: Father, Son and Spirit, give me Life.


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