Lesson 32: The Eucharistic Prayer (7) Amen

Pope Francis holds up the consecrated Host

It is such a simple word: Amen. And it seems to be exactly the same in English, German, French, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Aramaic and Hebrew. That’s because it came from the Hebrew language and followed the path of Christian Evangelization throughout the world.

So what does it mean? It means that we give assent to what has just been said and we claim that it is true.

Amen = I believe it. So be it. It is true.

Can I get an “Amen” for that?

At really special Masses, such as the canonization of a saint in St. Peter’s Square, the choir and the people sing the super-duper “triple Amen” in four part harmony accompanied with brass, tympani, strings, and voices. It is truly magnificent and glorious and a fitting way to conclude the Eucharistic Prayer in which the extraordinary miracle of transubstantiation just took place.

Father Rocky Signature
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