Prolonging the Eucharist

Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household, proposed that laypeople, as well as priests, are called to offer themselves with Christ in the Mass. All of us can offer our bodies and blood, imitating what the priest celebrates on the altar.

"Let us try to imagine what would happen if also the laity, at the moment of the consecration, said silently: 'Take, eat, this is my body. Take, drink, this is my blood,'" he proposed.

"A mother of a family thus celebrates her Mass; then she goes home and begins her day made up of a thousand little things. But what she does is not nothing: It is a eucharist together with Jesus!

“A [religious] sister also says in her heart at the moment of consecration: 'Take, eat …'; then she goes to her daily work: children, the sick, the elderly. The Eucharist 'invades' her day, which becomes a prolongation of the Eucharist."

(Quotes from “All Should Offer Their Bodies and Blood at Mass,” © March 12, 2010,

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Nancy HC Ward is a journalist, author, and speaker who blogs about Catholicism, her conversion, and Christian community at,
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