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What is the meaning of ‘dewfall’ in the Eucharistic prayer?

What is the meaning of ‘dewfall’ in the Eucharistic prayer?

Admittedly, the phrase “like the dewfall" does sound “sort of funny," or at least very poetic at first hearing. Please keep in mind that this is not a whimsical addition to the text. In the 1969 Roman Missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI, the official Latin text reads, “Haec ergo dona, quaesumus, Spiritus tui rore sanctifica," which is properly translated into English as, “Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall." Note that the Latin ros, roris is “dewfall." Why the first English translation of the 1973 Missal omitted “like the dewfall" is left for speculation; nevertheless, the new English translation of the 2011 Missal is clearly more accurate to the original Latin text.
To appreciate the imagery of “like the dewfall," remember first that the priest prays this part of Eucharistic Prayer II at the time of the epiclesis. The priest extends his hands over the unleavened bread and the chalice of wine to be consecrated. He asks the Heavenly Father to send the Holy Spirit down upon them, so that they may be transubstantiated into the body, blood, soul and divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

And the Holy Spirit comes “like the dewfall." In sacred Scripture, “like the dewfall" is a powerful image. Consider some passages from the Old Testament. In the Book of Exodus, we read how the people complained that they were hungry. God said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven" (Ex 14:4), and instructed him to tell the people, “In the morning, you shall have your fill of bread, so that you may know that I, the Lord, am your God" (Ex 14:12). The next morning, “when the dew evaporated," the people awoke and found the manna, “the bread which the Lord has given you to eat" (Ex 14:13-15). So God performed this miracle, feeding His people with manna. The action of “like the dewfall" is quiet, unseen, mysterious and gentle. It is a life-giving action.

Compiled by Ben Chang

source - http://catholicsay.com/what-is-the-meaning-of-dewfall-in-the-eucharistic-prayer/

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