Thanksgiving After Holy Communion

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Constrained by the Holy Spirit

Abba Agapios lingered in church after the Holy Oblation whilst his disciple Theophilos waited for him to begin the meal. When, after some time, the venerable elder arrived, the disciple made a profound reverence and said, "Forgive me, Reverend Father, but what detaineth thee so after the Holy Mysteries? Why dost thou not return straightaway that together we might break bread after the fast?" Abba Agapios crossed his hands over his breast and, with downcast eyes, replied, "No sooner do I partake of the Body and Blood of Christ than the Spirit of God fills my heart, constraining me to say again and gain, 'O Jesus, live Thou in me that I may live in Thee.' And so do I pray until He Whom I have received biddeth me depart in peace."

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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