From a reader…
I am distressed. I went to mass today and received, as the priest said over and over, “the body of grace.” Don’t get me wrong, I love grace, but I was expecting the body of Christ. Is this wording approved? BTW, anticipating his word “grace” I openly said “Christ,” just as I was to receive. I worry about this and what it means for this priest. Should I be concerned?
Perhaps Father had just been to the dentist and was still recovering from Novocaine?
The text in the Novus Ordo Missal is pretty clear concerning what Father is to say and what you are to respond.
The priest says: The Body of Christ. The communicant replies: Amen.
That’s it. It isn’t hard, is it? It isn’t complicated? Why must priests make things up and cause such wonder among the faithful?
What is being distributed is not “the body of grace”. It is “the Body of Christ”. Grace and Christ are not to be reduced to each other.
Should you be concerned? Not very much. This is just something silly he doing. He probably is doing this from mawkishness rather than malice. He just mistakenly thinks that he is making the moment more meaningful. I suspect he is of a certain age.
Or maybe it was just the Novocaine.
Someday, perhaps, asks him about it. Smile when you do.