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The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ [Corpus Christi] (B)

Liturgical Color: White [Note: On more solemn days, festive, that is, more precious, sacred vestments may be used, even if not the color of the day [GIRM #346-g]. The colors gold or silver may be worn on more solemn occasions [GIRM #346-h].

Themes: Eucharist, love

Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:

He fed them with the finest wheat
and satisfied them with honey from the rock. Psalm 81:17 [Roman Missal]

Cibavit eos ex adipe frumenti, alleluia: et de petra, melle saturavit eos, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Ps. Exsultate Deo adiutori nostro: iubilate Deo Iacob. Antiphon.
Sumite psalmum, et date tympanum: psalterium iucundum cum cithara. Antiphon.
Ego enim sum Dominus Deus tuus, qui eduxi te de terra ægypti: dilata os tuum, et implebo illud. Antiphon. [Graduale Romanum, p.377]

Cibavit eos ex adipe frumenti, alleluia: et de petra, melle saturavit eos, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Ps. Exsultate Deo adiutori nostro: iubilate Deo Iacob. Antiphon. [Gregorian Missal, p.413]

Sacerdos in æternum Christus Dominus secundum ordinem Melchisedech, panem et vinum obtulit, alleluia. [Graduale simplex, pp.201]
Psalm 109, verses 1-7

Collect:

O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament
have left us a memorial of your Pas-sion,

grant us, we pray,
so to revere the saced mysteries of your Body and Blood,

that we may always experience in ourselves
the fruits of your re- demption.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Ho-ly Spirit,
one God, for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.

Lectionary Readings:

  • Exodus 24:3-8 [Behold, the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has made with you. /v.8]
  • Psalm 116:12-13 / 15-16 / 17-18 [R. I will take the cup of salvation, and call on the name of the Lord. /v.13]
  • Hebrews 9:11-15 [The blood of Christ will cleanse your conscience. /v.14]
  • Sequence: [optional] Lauda Sion
    See CNP's Laud, O Zion
  • Gospel Verse: Jn 6:51 [I am the living bread that came down form heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live for ever.]
  • Mark 14:12-16, 22-26 [This is My body; this is My blood. /vv.22,24]
    See CNP's Book of Sung Gospels - 4th Edition

Offertory Antiphon:

The Lord opened the doors of heaven and rained down manna upon them to eat; he gave them bread from heaven; man ate the bread of angels, alleluia. Psalm 78:23-25

Portas cæli aperuit Dominus: et pluit illis manna, ut ederent: panem cæli dedit illis: panem angelorum manducavit homo, alleluia. Psalm 78:23-25 [Graduale Romanum, p.207]

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Sanctificavit Moyses altare Domino, offerens super illud holocausta, et immolans victimas: fecit sacrificium vespertinum in odorem suavitatis Domino Deo, in conspectu filiorum Israel. Exodus 24:4-5 [Graduale Romanum, p.338]

Portas cæli aperuit Dominus: et pluit illis manna, ut ederent: panem cæli dedit illis: panem angelorum manducavit homo, alleluia. Psalm 78:23-25. [Gregorian Missal, p.422]

— or —

Sanctificavit Moyses altare Domino, offerens super illud holocausta, et immolans victimas: fecit sacrificium vespertinum in odorem suavitatis Domino Deo, in conspectu filiorum Israel. Exodus 24:4-5 [Gregorian Missal, p.549]

Angelorum esca nutrivisti populum tuum, et panem de cælo præstitisti eis, alleluia. [Graduale simplex, pp.206]
Psalm 84

Prayer over the Offerings:

Grant your Church, O Lord, we pray,
the gifts of unity and peace,

whose signs are to be seen in mystery
in the offerings we here pre- sent.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Preface II of the Most Holy Eucharist: [The fruits of the Most Holy Eucharist]

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God
through Christ our Lord.

For at the Last Supper with his Apostles,
establishing for the ages to come the saving memorial of the Cross,
he offered himself to you as the unblemished Lamb,
the acceptable gift of perfect praise.
Nourishing your faithful by this sacred mystery,
you make them holy, so that the human race,
bounded by one world,
may be enlightened by one faith
and united by one bond of charity.
And so, we approach the table of this wondrous Sacrament,
so that, bathed in the sweetness of your grace,
we may pass over to the heavenly realities here foreshadowed.

Therefore, all creatures of heaven and earth
sing a new song in adoration,
and we, with all the hosts of Angels,
cry out, and without end we acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…

Communion Antiphon:

Whoever east my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him, says the Lord. John 6:57 [Roman Missal]

Qui manducat carnem meam, et bibit sanguinem meum, in me manet, et ego in eo, dicit Dominus. John 6:57 [Graduale Romanum, p.383]
Psalm 119:1,2,11,49,50,72,103,105,162 -or- Psalm 23:1-2a,2b-3a,3b-4ab,4cd,5ab,5cd,6ab can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

Qui manducat carnem meam, et bibit sanguinem meum, in me manet, et ego in eo, dicit Dominus. John 6:57 [Gregorian Missal, p.423]

Ego sum panis vivis, qui de cælo descendi, alleluia. [Graduale simplex, pp.207]
Psalm 23

Prayer after Communion:

Grant, O Lord, we pray,
that we may delight for all eternity
in that share in your divine life,

which is foreshadowed in the present age
by our reception of your precious Bo- dy and Blood.

Who live and reign for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.


It is desirable that a procession take place after the Mass in which the Host to be carried in the procession is consecrated. However, nothing prohibits a procession from taking place even after a public and lengthy period of adoration following the Mass. If a procession takes place after Mass, when the Communion of the faithful is over, the monstrance in which the consecrated host has been placed is set on the altar. When the Prayer after Communion has been said, the Concluding Rites are omitted and the procession forms [Roman Missal].
 

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