‘Unspoken’ prayer

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: Who, perhaps, penned this ‘unspoken’ prayer? I pray it silently as the deacon does.  At daily mass, if there is no music or singing, I pray it aloud.  

“By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.”

Sounds like Irenaeus.  


A: The prayer is so old that its author is unknown, but many guess that Pope Leo the Great wrote it, as it aligns with his Christmas homily messages.

I generally pray it silently as the missal requests. It’s one of many ways I think the missal is trying to keep my head in the game.

Peace to you.