What do the words of the consecratory prayer of the chrism say?
This consecratory prayer can be connected to the mystery that Christians are "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone.
Taft noted how the blessing that marks the beginning of the consecratory
part of these liturgies--"The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you"--shares a basic structure with the epiclesis, the prayer that anticipates the action of the Holy Spirit in order that the gifts of bread and wine may be transformed into the body and blood of Christ.
Where Scheeben conceived the consecratory
aspect of faith in terms of a child's dedication to carrying out a parental command, Murray saw the consecration of self in light of human finality toward God.
7 reveal a shifting of balance from the prayers at the end of the meal to those that precede it, thus making way for a more consecratory
To say that the priest utters the consecratory words in persona Christi and to say that he also utters them in persona Ecclesiae must ultimately, then, be complementary rather than opposed assertions, either of which would be incomplete and inaccurate without the other.
To deny that the consecratory word is a word of the Church would not only shatter the unity of the sacrament of Order, but imply that its utterance is not the culminating act of the Church's priesthood, but one in which the latter transcends its own nature by becoming not just a sacrament of Christ, but in some sense Christ himself.
The foregoing example of the teaching that awards consecratory
efficacy to the Eucharistic Prayer is not unique.