Introduction by the Celebrant
What keeps people alive and growing and healthy? For their body, it is food and drink. Yet even for their body not only food and drink is needed but also the nourishment of love and security. What do we need to keep us going as Christians? It is our trusting faith in God. That faith is kept alive and growing in us through our close relationship with Christ. He nourishes this faith and love in us with the food and drink of his word and with the strength he brings us through the Eucharist; this is our “viaticum,” our food and drink for the road of life. It gives us the courage to stand up for what is right and good. Let the Lord Jesus give us in this Eucharist the food and drink of his word and his body.