FATHER’S TEACHING CORNER: All the ancient liturgies, as far back as we can trace them, contained some form of invocation in their consecration Prayers. In some it was the creative Word (John 1: 3; Col 1: 16) Who was invoked; in others the sanctifying Spirit. The earliest forms request the hallowing of the communicants or the Church no less than the oblations. Beginning in the latter part of the fourth century the Eastern liturgies tended to crystalise the invocation into a specific petition that the Holy Spirit bless the oblations so that they might become, or be transformed into, the Body and Blood of Christ. The result was that in Eastern theology the Invocation (called the Epiclesis) came to be viewed as the primary formula of consecration, in a manner similar to the Western Church’s establishing the Words of Institution as the “moment of change”. The canon of the Roman rite, as finally fixed in the sixth century, contained no Invocation at all in the Eastern sense, but a formula immediately preceding the Words of Institution besought God to bless and accept the oblations that they might “be to us the Body and Blood” of Christ.
A RULE OF LIFE: It should always be remembered that a right life and a right belief should go hand in hand. Neither one is acceptable to God without the other. “Faith without works is dead” (St. James 2: 17). Christian character shows in a holy life. The members of the Church by their word and example should show the sincerity of their Faith and Worship and the power of Sacramental grace in their lives. They should stand for high ideals in the home, in society, in business, and on the stage. They should uphold the sanctity of marriage. They should never countenance divorced persons who enter inter a second marriage. They should condemn drunkenness, gambling, and immorality, and keep themselves as “temples of the Holy Ghost”. They should take a definite stand against all manner of corruption and wrong-doing, and in every way put into practice the religion they profess. They should cultivate : “Holiness without which no man shall see the Lord”. They should stand firmly in the Holy Catholic Church; ever holding fast each and every doctrine of the ”Faith once for all delivered to the Saints”, and ever having an answer for the religion which they hold. They should ever be on their guard against the “danger of drifting”, realising that the great weapon against false doctrine, heresy and schism” is the faithful practice of religion.