In the preparatory rites of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we prepare to offer ourselves, along with the presider, to God the Father in union with the one sacrifice of Christ.
In the same way that our Lord handed himself over to sinful men and was sacrificed on the cross for our salvation, we now give of ourselves too. It is not to recreate His sacrifice, but rather to participate in His sacrifice. We will offer ourselves through Christ to the Father in the Eucharistic Prayer.
The gifts represent us, and the people who bring them to the front emphasize the fact that "we" the congregation are asking the presider to take these gifts and to offer them to God in our name.
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