One of my favorite phrases comes from Eucharistic Prayer II – “Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like dewfall, so they may become for us the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

It is the word dewfall that touches my heart so much. I really did not know what it meant but I was thinking about it last weekend during Mass. A few days later, I came upon a blog post where the blogger shared that this was one of his favorite prayers as well, especially the use of the word “dewfall.”

He described dewfall as the unseen becoming seen. Beautiful.

So, with that God-incidence, I did some more research and found an article by a Catholic archbishop who wrote that dew is an important source of water for people in the desert and it signifies life. Life.

Also, God used dew to feed the Israelites manna in the desert. The dew formed on the ground and when it dried, the flakes of manna appeared. This was their bread.

Bread of life. Unseen becoming seen.

No wonder that word touched me.


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  1. Colleen, “Dewfall” is my favorite, too. It’s poetic and mysterious-just like the Holy Spirit. What a fitting word to describe what happens in transubstantiation. It seems crazy, I know, but at my former church, the pastor refused to say it. There were many things that he objected to in the Church and, after 21 years at my parish, my family and I finally left, and I often say that his refusal to say “like the dewfall” was the final straw. We have been loving our new parish, where both priests pray the Mass exactly as it is meant to be. Now a retired priest moved into the rectory and has been helping with Mass. He also omits “like the dewfall.” I asked him why he doesn’t say it and he told me it’s because “dew doesn’t fall.” I shared Websters Dictionary definition with him. I didn’t want to be unwelcoming to him considering it’s his home, now, but at the same time, it upset me that it gets omitted depending upon the priest’s opinion of the definition of the word. At any rate, the retired pastor now uses a different version of the Eucharistic Prayer to get around saying it. Thanks for this post. I will visit your links. God bless you!

    • Wow. Another God-incidence! You were meant to come read this post for sure!!! I do not understand at all why they will not say dewfall. I can understand you being upset about that. Hope you enjoy those other links! God bless.

  2. Dewfall by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of charity, the perfect love of Christ that makes transubstantiation possible. A great and beautiful mystery I take for granted too often.

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