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

WHEN we exchange between us the words of the sursum corda, the lifting of our hearts to the Lord will be more than a pious aspiration, it will be a divine fact.  The sacrament is the presence of Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ is in heaven.  He stoops to us in this Sacrament, as he does through his whole incarnation; but he stoops to lift us to himself.  In a true mystery, not in edifying fancy, we are with him in that divine place.  There is the whole Church of God; there are the saints who pray for us in their glory, and there by the power of hope are the souls, for whom we pray that they may speedily be joined with the saints.  The saints, the souls departed and the Church on earth in every place are one life and one prayer through Christ their high priest.  The effort, in mutual communion, of each spirit living or departed is requisite for the perfection of the Body of Christ.  All are the support of each, and the whole hangs upon heaven in a point which is the Lord Jesus.