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Special Worship Aid:
Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ
June 19, 2022

Below are the Mass Readings and Prayers for the Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ Sunday Mass.  Please click here for a pdf version. 

Lector: Our first reading is from the Book of Genesis.

 

The ruler of Salem, Melchizedek, who was a priest of Yahweh God, brought out bread and wine, and blessed Abram, saying: “Blessed be Abram by Yahweh God, Creator of heaven and earth! And blessed be Yahweh God, who delivered your oppressors into your hands.” Abram then gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything.

 

Lector: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

People Respond: Thanks be to God.

 

 

Responsorial Psalm

 

Lector: You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.

People Repeat: You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.

 

Yahweh said to my Sovereign One:

“Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool.”

People Repeat: You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.

 

Yahweh, stretch forth your mighty scepter from Zion,

And rule in the midst of your enemies!

People Repeat: You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.

 

Your people offer themselves willingly in the day of your power, in holy array.

Out of the womb of the morning, you have the dew of your youth.

People Repeat: You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.

 

Yahweh has sworn, and will not change his mind:

“You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”

People Repeat: You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek.

 

 

 

Lector: Our second reading is from the First Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.

 

What I have passed on to you, I received from Christ - that on the night he was betrayed, our Savior Jesus took bread, gave thanks, and broke it into pieces, saying: “Take and eat this. This is my body, which is broken for you. Do this in memory of me.” In the same way, Jesus took the cup of wine after dinner, and said: “This cup is the New Covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do it in remembrance of me.” For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim Jesus’ death until He returns from heaven.

 

Lector: Hear what the Spirit is saying to God’s people.

People Respond: Thanks be to God.

 

 

Gospel Acclamation

 

Celebrant chants: Alleluia

People Respond (with chant): Alleluia.

Celebrant Jesus said: “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

People Respond (with chant): Alleluia.

 

 

Gospel

 

Celebrant: Our God is with you.

People Respond: And also, with you.

Celebrant: A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

People Respond: Praise to you, Jesus the Christ.

 

But when the crowd found out, they followed him. Jesus welcomed the crowd and spoke to them about the reign of God, and healed all who were in need of healing. As sunset approached, the Twelve came and said to Jesus, “Dismiss the crowd, so they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and food, for this is a remote and isolated area.” Jesus answered them, “Give them something to eat yourselves!” The disciples replied, “We have nothing but five loaves and two fish. Or do you want us to go and buy food for all these people?” There were about 5,000 gathered.

 

Jesus said to the disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of fifty or so.” They did so and got them all seated. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish in his hands, looked up to heaven, and blessed the food. He broke the food into pieces and gave it to his followers so they could pass it out to the crowd. They all ate until they were satisfied and, when the leftovers were

collected, there were twelve baskets full.

 

Celebrant: My friends, the Gospel of the Lord.

People Respond: Praise to you, Jesus the Christ.

 

 

Prayers of the People

 

Celebrant: With gratitude for the gift of the Eucharist, which strengthens and renews us, we turn to Yahweh God with our prayers and our petitions:

 

Lector: Our response is “O God, graciously hear us.”

 

That, as one Body in Christ, our faith will help us to grow and live ever closer to Jesus, who is the bread of life. Gracious God, hear us.

People Respond: O God, graciously hear us.

 

For all who are in need, that peoples and nations will be open to sharing their bread and material blessings with those in need. Gracious God, hear us.

People Respond: O God, graciously hear us.

 

During this month of June Pride, that God will break down barriers and open hearts and minds to love all people as they are and to embrace all LGBTQIA+ identities made in the image of our Creator. May we rejoice in the wonder of all as beautifully and wonderfully made. We Pray, gracious God, hear us.

People Respond: O God, graciously hear us.

 

For the unhoused, those with food insecurities and inadequate healthcare, for all who struggle with financial uncertainties and unemployment, for those who are alone in this life and those who have no one to pray for them, and for those who have crossed from this life unmourned, We Pray, gracious God, hear us.

People Respond: O God, graciously hear us.

 

That our merciful God will grant eternal life to all who are approaching death and to all who have died, and especially to those whom we name at this time. [Lector, please count to 6].  We Pray, gracious God, hear us.

People Respond: O God, graciously hear us.

 

We reverently pause to remember all who have asked for prayer and for each one of us to raise up our own personal prayer intentions [Lector, please count to 6]. We Pray, gracious God, hear us.

People Respond: O God, graciously hear us.

 

Celebrant: Good and Gracious God, as we celebrate today’s feast, hear our prayers, and grant us a love of the Eucharist that will deepen and intensify all the days of our life, and we pray this in the name of Jesus our Savior. Amen.

All: Amen.