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Are “This Is the Body of Christ” and “I Believe” Acceptable Substitutes for “the Body of Christ” and “Amen?”

Question:

When distributing Holy Communion, the extraordinary ministers have been told to say "This is the body of Christ" instead of "the body of Christ," and the communicants are to respond with "I believe" instead of "Amen." Our priest says it's more meaningful this way and has assured us that he is authorized to make such changes. Is this true?

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