3 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this bread to the souls of all those who partake of it; that they may eat in remembrance of the body of thy Son, and witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him, and keep his commandments which he hath given them, that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
2 O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine to the souls of all those who drink of it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.
As I reread today the familiar words of the sacrament prayers, what stood out to me was the repetition of the words remember and remembrance. I am grateful for the opportunity each week to partake of the sacrament because doing so allows me to remember the Lord and his blessings on a regular basis. Of course, I need to work hard to remember him constantly, but it is still nice to have a regular day of remembrance and to partake weekly of the emblems of the savior.
I long each week for the comfort that comes from partaking of the bread and water. I notice how much of a difference it makes in my life. The blessings of the sacrament prayer are lofty and I don’t feel like I’m at the point where I can always have his spirit with me. But the impact of the sacrament is nevertheless incredible. I am so appreciative for it.