Day 27 of Lent. The Roman Canon. That’s what we used to call Eucharistic Prayer number one: the Roman Canon. Roman because we are Roman Catholics. Canon, because it was a fixed prayer, and every Roman Catholic priest who celebrated Mass from the time of the Council of Trent until the reform of the Liturgy in the Second Vatican Council, celebrated Mass with that Eucharistic Prayer. Now, there are other options. But this is the most traditional and timeless of the Eucharistic prayers, and what I like about – besides the chance to name off a number of great saints – is the possibility of pausing for some moments to pray silently for the living and the dead.
Dear Father Rocky,
Every time I have the pleasure of listening to you on the radio your orthodox understanding of our faith and deep love of Christ comes through — and I always learn something new.
I just remembered today that you’d be posting a Lenten reflection every day during Lent on your Facebook page, so today I finally got around to checking it out.
I would only add that the word canon comes from the Greek kanon, which originally meant “straight” (like a reed), and was used as a standard of measure in the ancient Greek/Roman world.
I would also add that my knowledge of many of those saints named in the prayer is woefully lacking (plus, who the heck is the priest Melchisedech?), so I obviously have a lot more reading to do. I’m looking forward to my time with the saints!