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After having taken the bread, we also take the water (wine, in times past).
In this we also follow the example of the Savior, praying in His name to the Father as we take the cup (verse 1):
O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee, in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this wine (water) to the souls of all those who drink it, that they may do it in remembrance of the blood of thy Son, which was shed for them; that they may witness unto thee, O God, the Eternal Father, that they do always remember him, that they may have his Spirit to be with them. Amen (verse 2).
We pray to the Father, in the name of the Son, asking that the water be blessed and sanctified to the souls of those who drink it, that our souls – our bodies and spirits – may be sanctified, made holy.
For our bodies and spirits to be made holy, it means that our bodies and spirits must be “set apart”, consecrated as holy, apart from that which is not-holy.
We know that it is by the atonement of the Son, even the suffering of drops of blood shed for us in Gethsemane, that what is not-holy in us can be removed.
Not only is the not-holy removed from us, but the burden, or curse (consequences) of what is not-holy is exchanged for His righteousness and His holiness (see Isaiah 22:23, 25). It is the cry of Psalm 51:10:
Create in me a new heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
It is not just that he brings us back to zero, with our debts paid.
He makes a deposit, freeing us to become something more, to become.
As we remember this, if we truly believe it, then we also testify of it.
This is the covenant we make at Sacrament, to testify of the atonement.
This is our premortal covenant with the Savior: that He would atone for us, and we would testify of it.
He promises to make us holy, and we promise to testify of that process.
We become holy to help others also become holy.
We become like the Savior to help others also become like the Savior.
He helps us become holy, that we may – together – become His house of holiness, His holy people, that we may all return to Him.
Holiness to the Lord,
the House of the Lord.