Audience: Pope Francis explains Communion rites
Continuing his catechesis series on the Mass, Pope Francis explained the Communion rites.
The pope said they begin with the Lord's Prayer, which prepares Catholics to receive His body and blood.
Regarding the sign of peace, the Holy Father said it allows the faithful to demonstrate their “commitment to be reconciled with one another.” Finally, the breaking of the bread is meant to acknowledge Christ's saving presence among his people.
SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH
“Dear brothers and sisters,
In our catechesis on the Mass, we now turn from the Eucharistic Prayer to the Communion Rites, which begin with our common recitation of the Lord’s Prayer. The prayer we offer to the Father as his adoptive children in Christ, disposes us to receive the Lord’s body and blood in Holy Communion. We ask the Father for “our daily bread,” for the forgiveness of our sins and for deliverance from evil. These petitions are then expanded in the following prayers, which invoke God’s peace and unity upon the Church and our world. In the exchange of the sign of peace, we demonstrate our commitment to be reconciled with one another, so as to worthily approach the altar to receive the Lord’s gift of himself. The rite of the breaking of the bread, accompanied by our invocation of Christ as the Lamb of God, acknowledges the saving presence of the risen Lord among us and implores the peace he won for us on the Cross. May our conscious celebration of these rites help us to experience ever more fully the Eucharist as the sacrament of our communion with God and with all our brothers and sisters.
I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, particularly those from England, Ireland, Norway, Australia, China, Indonesia and the United States of America. With prayerful good wishes that this Lent will be a time of grace and spiritual renewal for you and your families, I invoke upon all of you joy and peace in our Lord Jesus Christ. God bless you!”