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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A brief meditation on the triple or small Sign of the Cross at the Gospel

Gloria Tibi, Domine.
Glory to You, O Lord.

With eager anticipation and joy we pray this brief prayer in the Mass to prepare ourselves to receive the Holy Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We bear in mind that Christ speaks His Gospel through His priest, an icon of Christ by virtue of his ordination. We rise and stand in the presence of the Word proclaimed, He Who is present to us in and through His word. By His holy word, we are purified and made ready to receive Him in the Liturgy of the Eucharist when, by His word uttered again through His priest (This is my Body; this is my Blood), the bread and wine become Jesus' very Body and Blood.

How is all this possible? The Holy Spirit makes it so.

Since Christ Himself has said, "This is My Body" who shall dare to doubt that It is His Body?—St. Cyril of Jerusalem

+ forehead

When one makes the first small cross on the forehead, one's outward vision is temporarily obscured by one's own hand so that our interior vision is directed to the glory of the Lord.

to You
+ mouth

Ever try making the small Sign on your open mouth?
The mouth is closed so that your request for a blessing may allow the Lord to speak and bless you.
Let us be mindful that we have two eyes to see, two ears to listen, but only one mouth.

O Lord
+ heart

The essence of active participation is the heart directed to God and disposed to God so that Jesus, the principal actor in the Liturgy, may act in and through our lives to lead us and others to His loving Father.

+ + +

Your glory illuminates my mind
that I may speak forth Your word, O Lord,
Who dwell evermore in my heart.

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