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Weekly Paragraphs for the Holy Sacrament
By Austin Farrer
Dacre Press, Westminster

IN this sacrament we invoke the Lamb of God.  The death of a lamb or of some other beast was the centre of ancient worship; the death of Christ is the centre of our worship here. To kill is the most powerful of human acts; an existence is annihilated in a stroke. At the sight of death we catch our breath and fear. By causing death we bring about what passes out of our control.  It is we who press the catch, but the door which swings open swings by a power not our own, and we look through into eternity.  Human hands kill the Son of God, and the world rocks and swings aside revealing God, God in the act of raising him from the dead. Creator and redeemer of the world, have mercy upon us.