for solace only, not for strength; pardon only, not for renewal

My favorite of the Eucharistic prayers is Eucharistic Prayer C. That’s the one that says:

At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of
interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses,
and this fragile earth, our island home.

In talking to my spiritual director last week she pointed me to another passage of this payer. It was the passage that says:

Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal.

I wish we used Prayer C more often at St. John’s, because my spiritual director is right. It’s something I need to remember.

I’ll work on it.


2 Comments on “for solace only, not for strength; pardon only, not for renewal”

  1. The Rev. Dr. W. Frank Hull IV, Priest and Rector, St. Thomas, Palm Coast says:

    Interesting comment “before falling victim to the fate met by so many in the industry.” Would you mind tell me exactly what you are referring to?


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