“O Lord, I believe and profess that You are truly Christ, the Son of the living God, Who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. Accept me as a partaker of Your mystical supper, O Son of God, for I will not reveal Your mystery to Your enemies, nor will I give you a kiss as did Judas, but like the thief I confess to You: Remember me, O Lord, when You shall come into Your kingdom. Remember me, O Master, when You shall come into Your kingdom. Remember me, O Holy One, when You shall come into Your kingdom. May the partaking of Your Holy mysteries, O Lord, be not for my judgment or condemnation, but for the healing of my soul and body.”
The Roman Canon is replete with examples of intercessory prayer in which we ask for God’s grace and blessing on everyone, living or dead. This is precisely because the Roman Canon is the prayer of Jesus Christ, Who is the great Mediator. As we continue to walk through the Canon, line by line, this will become clearer.