"I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be made for all men:" (1 Timothy 2:1)
The Greek word used for "thanksgivings" is literally "Eucharists". St. Paul might also be translated [or transliterated] :
" I desire that Eucharists be offered for all men. " A first century reference to the Mass being offered on behalf of others? Perhaps K. C. is reaching here :-)
Irrespective of the above interpretation, there is no doubt word "Eucharist" originally meant "thanksgiving". This brings me back to the picture above, (yes it is my second picture from this story, but I do have a lot more!!) This one is taken from Fr. Lovasik's illustrated Children's Bible. The man is the "thankful leper. "
I challenge all of you who oppose me!
Find me an illustration of a "thankful leper" who is standing before Jesus. If you do, I will shut this blog down tomorrow. [no fair using your own crayons!] Kneeling means sincere, profound, overwhelming gratitude. The USCCB and so many Directors of Religious Education think they are being cute by ignoring the Vicar of Christ's - "do as I do", http://ro.gloria.tv/?media=6738 .
But don't they realize that by eradicating kneeling they are eradicating gratitude? They are literally taking the eucharist out of the Eucharist!