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Contemplations on the words of the Introduction to the Fraction in the Divine Liturgy: “Your Holy Body and Precious Blood.”

“While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins’” (Mt. 26: 26-28).

Lord Jesus, You gave me Your holy body and Your precious blood for the forgiveness of my sins, for salvation and for perfect, mysterious union with You. Lord, Your mercies are countless and Your compassions are exceedingly plenteous. You do not rebuke me for my faults. Despite my inconsistencies and betrayals, despite my indulgence in sin, You remain faithful, kind and gentle. Lord, how I long to remain faithful to You, united with You, at all times.

My Savior, make the broken bread that You give me, which is indeed Your holy body, appease my own body with all its lusts; and make the poured out wine that You give me, which is truly Your precious blood, a cleansing for me from the corruption of sin.

My God, “You have granted me to eat Your flesh openly, make me worthy to be united to You secretly. You have granted me to drink of the cup of Your blood openly, make me worthy to mingle with Your purity secretly….”

And as You poured out Your limitless love and compassions upon me, Your weak and sinful servant, grant that I may love and have compassion on others, and live to witness for Your limitless love.