Just heard you (Matt Swaim) and Dan Egan on the four elements in the Gospel according to Mark: Take, Bless, Break, Eat.
Those are the four Dominical Elements of the Mass as well, and hence proper to the priest: He TAKES the bread and BLESSES it, BREAKS it and the EATS it.
Hence why only the priest is able to take the Consecrated Species off of the altar to give it to the community. Thought you might enjoy one more connection between Mass and the Scriptures.
- Father Kyle Schnippel
Director of Vocations
Archdiocese of Cincinnati