November 29, 2011

"And With Your Spirit" ~ Where Do Those Words Come From?


Decades ago, when mass was still in Latin, these words were spoken:

Priest:  Dominus vobiscum.
Congregation:  Et cum spiritu tuo.

Translated, they mean:

Priest:  The Lord be with you.
Congregation:  And with your spirit.

If you have ever wondered where the words "with your spirit" come from, they were written by St. Paul.  Read the very last verse in his letters to the Galatians, Philippians, 2 Timothy, and Philemon ...

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers.  Amen.
Galatians 6:18

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Philippians 4:23

The Lord be with your spirit.  Grace be with all of you.
2 Timothy 4:22

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Philemon 25

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