One Liturgical Treasure of Milan

[The Catholic Church in Milan has its own liturgy and prayers known as the Ambrosian Rite. The prefaces for the Eucharistic Prayers are both plentiful and beautiful.  They are easily adaptable for personal prayer or a prayer service. This is used on the third Sunday of Ordinary Time in January.]

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always, here and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
and in every season to offer you our praise.

In you we live and move and have our being;
no day, no moment leaves us
without the blessing of your constant love.
But most of all at this time
we should celebrate and acclaim you,
because the remembrance of the birth of Christ
has given us the sign that our redemption has begun;
and while we celebrate with new joy
the things that have come to pass,
we acknowledge also in these days
the gift of your abiding blessing.

And so, with all the choirs of angels,
we praise your glory, now and for ever
as with one voice we sing:

Alan Griffiths, We Give You Thanks and Praise: The Ambrosian Eucharistic Prefaces. Franklin, Wisconsin: Sheed and Ward, 1999, p. 152.

[Description: Piazza Duomo in Milan during christmas holidays 2008. On the left a christmas tree in front of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Italiano: Piazza Duomo a Milano durante le feste natalizie del 2008.
Taken by Luca Volpi (Goldmund100) This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license.]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to One Liturgical Treasure of Milan

  1. Anne Comeaux says:

    The phrase, “abiding blessing” is a wonderful reminder that at all times God is with us. Such a reminder is a challenge (to love at all times), a comfort (in knowing we are never out of God’s presence), and a hope (that we can always strive to be more like God.)

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