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The Cup of Salvation

This reading comes from today's Morning Prayer (Week 4) in The Little Book of Hours:

"We drink the cup of salvation, the precious blood of the Lord, which poured forth from his side when he slept the sleep of death upon the cross, but which he had already given us in sacramental mystery the night before in the cup of the new covenant.  Signed with this saving blood, we are safe."

M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O.
(Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance)

Working as a member of the Altar Guild, especially those times when I set the Lady Altar for a daily service, I seek time to do things quietly, slowly and reverently.  During these times, provided the actions and welfare of the world, especially in my own little circle of the world, do not press too heavily upon me, I am free to consider carefully the presence of the Lord in his tabernacle.  It is then that I pray for 'Thy grace that we may be loyal to Thy Holy Church and faithful in our care of holy things'.

As a Lay Eucharistic Minister, I am honored to assist our priest(s) in administering Holy Communion.  I find myself, more and more, trying not so much to worry about the words of administration, but rather to receive, accept and honor every person at the communion rail.  Each has their own story, their own journey, and they come forward with so many different things happening in their lives.  I pray that God's Grace will be revealed to them, that God's Truth will be known by them, and that God's Love will be felt within them and through them.  

When I approach the Altar of the Lord for sustenance and strength, I pray I will be received, taken and redeemed through those sacramental gifts of the Lord's Body and Blood.  Afterward, I feel blessed and safe.