Saturday, April 13, 2013


After the priest offers the host, he offers the chalice filled with wine.

But before he does this, the priest mixes a little bit of plain water into the wine. 

This reminds us of the time a Roman soldier pierced the side of Jesus with his spear, and out flowed blood and water.  The wine is red like blood, and after the Consecration, it is no longer wine but the true Blood of Jesus.

This blood and water remind us of the sacraments.  The blood reminds us of Mass; the water reminds us of baptism.  Both blood and water make us think of life.  If we lose enough of our blood, we will die.  If we don't drink water, in time we will also die.  Jesus died so that we can live in heaven one day. 

Think of this when you see the priest put a little water into the wine at this time of Mass.

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