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

AT one time the Christian priest used to stand on the further side of the table, as though setting forth Christ to the people; now he stands on this side, as leading the people in offering Christ to God.  Both positions are right, and we do not know which to choose.  For when Christ gave away the bread and the cup, he put his body and his blood at the entire disposal both of his Father and of his friends.  Such is the sacrifice of Christ, and such is our sacrifice, for Christ joins us in his.  What use will God make of us, what use can we be to one another?  As we give ourselves away to God, we give ourselves away to our friends.  Our adoration is owed to God, our prayer to mankind.