You are here

Eucharist: Bless - Bread Blessed For Sharing

While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you;… Matthew 26.26-27

The blessing of bread is one of the key ‘ritual acts’ of the celebration of the Eucharist. It’s a ritualised way of giving thanks for this holy meal.  As we bless bread at the Eucharist we are offering a thanksgiving for God’s graciousness, for the promise of life, for the sharing of holy things, for the God who is present in our everyday.  In blessing these everyday objects of bread and wine we are celebrating the God who makes the ordinary special, who blesses us in our sharing, in our togetherness.  We remember the God who welcomes us no matter how worthy we feel, we remember the God who generously gives of Godself in every moment as we are open to receiving God.

In blessing the bread, we remember the God of blessing, who in this celebration of presence, in this moment of joy offers healing, strength and rest.

 

VII

Blessing and rest, delight in everything

Sustained by your strong love and richly blest,

This is the the gift you give, the day you bring

Blessing and rest.

 

This is indeed the ‘gladness of the best’,

From first lines in the east where linnets sing,

To where the last light lingers in the west,

 

You lift the cares to which I used to cling,

As you yourself descend to be my guest

And show me how to find in everything

Blessing and rest.

 

                                            Malcolm Guite

 

Series: