During the Mass, the Gesture of Offering (also referred to as the “Eucharistic Doxology”) comes after the Epiclesis and the words of the Last Supper. As we kneel in awe of the greatest of gifts, Jesus Christ, really, truly present in our midst, how do we respond? What could we say or do? The first response to the greatest of gifts is to open and enjoy…and then to give thanks, both verbally and through offering a gift in response. During the Doxology, the priest raises up Jesus as a gift of thanks to God, an offering of our greatest gift, along with our own little gifts, in praise of the one who deserves “all glory and honor forever and ever.” And we show our union with the priest in this gesture through our vibrant, heartfelt, resounding AMEN!
The following pictures show a five year old’s “Gestures Booklet” from earlier this year. When asked about the pictures in his booklet the child described what was happening on the “Epiclesis” page: “He’s saying, ‘Lord come down and make the bread and wine be You.'”