thanksgiving and sanctification. The priest invites US to lift up OUR hearts in prayer. WE unite OUR thoughts with those expressed by the priest, who addresses God in the name of the whole community. The priest and YOU and I join ourselves with Christ to proclaim the marvellous deeds of God.
The priest may choose from a variety of Eucharistic Prayers - at the moment there are four as well as some for special circumstances for example one which expresses the theme of Reconciliation. Soon there will be others that have been added to the number.
The Eucharistic Prayer flows from start to finish. Almost all of the Eucharistic Prayers you will experience follow the same structure. Becoming more familiar with the whole Prayer helps us to be better able to listen for the parts of the prayer as it moves along.
Opening Dialogue: You exchange lines with the priest as the prayer solemnly begins (The Lord be with you.... And with your spirit)
Thanksgiving: The priest recites the Preface, which gives thanks & praise to God.
Acclamation: We all sing Holy, Holy, Holy joining our voices with those of the angels to give praise to God.
Institution Narrative and Consecration: The story of the Last Supper is recounterd together with the sacred words "This is my Body" & "This is my Blood."
Anamnesis: We proclain the death & resurrection of Christ until he comes again. We sing / say one of the Memorial Acclamations.
Offering: the priest offers to God the consecrated bread and wine - it is a perfect self- offering of Jesus Christ.
Intercessions: The first one prays for unity of those filled with the Holy Spirit. We pray that the Holy Spirit will come down on all of us, making us united as we preapre for Communion.
The entire prayer concludes with praise to God the Father; through, with and in Christ; in the untiy of the Holy Spirit. We respond in faith with Amen.
In the Eucharistic Prayer the changes in translation will affect more what you HEAR, than what you SAY. It is the celebrant who has to become more c
omfortable with the words he will use.(Taken from "Understanding the Revised Mass Texts" by Paul Turner)