“If you are the body and members of Christ, then it is your sacrament that is placed on the table of the Lord; it is your sacrament that you receive. To that which you respond ‘Amen’ and by responding to it you assent to it. For you heard the words, ‘the Body of Christ’ and respond ‘Amen.’ Be then a member of the Body of Christ that your Amen may be true.” … “O sacrament of devotion! O sign of unity! O bond of charity!”
St. Augustine, sermons , cited in CCC, 1396, 1398
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Soul, adorn thyself with gladness,
Leave behind all gloom and sadness;
Come into the daylight’s splendor,
There with joy thy praises render
Unto him whose grace unbounded
Hath this woundrous supper founded.
High o’er all the heavens he reigneth,
Yet to dwell with thee he deigneth.
– Johann Franck, 1649, tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1858