The Body and Blood of Christ – B

Greeting

Blessed be the Lord Jesus,
the Bread that gives life to the world.
May his grace and peace be with you all.

Introduction and LITANY of Praise

A       At the last meal he shared with his friends before he died Jesus gave the gift of himself.  Nothing less.  For his generosity we give thanks; for his supreme gift we gather to bless God.  (pause)

Let us now acknowledge Jesus as our mediator with the Father.

Jesus, you are the High Priest who won salvation for all.

Lord, have mercy.

You have entered into the Holy Place.

Christ, have mercy.

You intercede for us at the right hand of the Father.

Lord, have mercy.

B         An early Christian writing, the DIDACHE, says this:

‘On the Lord’s day, gather in community to break bread and give thanks. No one who has a quarrel with another person may join your gathering, not until they are reconciled.  Your sacrifice must not make me unholy.’

Let us pause then to see if there is anybody with whom we ought to be reconciled.   (Pause)

Lord Jesus, you reconcile us to one another and to the Father:

Lord, have mercy.

You heal the wounds of sin and division:

Christ, have mercy.

You plead for us at the right hand of the Father:

Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

A       [ICEL – Year B]

God ever faithful,
you have made a covenant with your people
in the gift of your Son,
who offered his body for us
and poured out his blood for the remission of sins.

As we celebrate this eucharistic sacrifice,
build up your church,
and in fidelity to your covenant
inspire us to offer our lives
so that the world may believe in you.

This we ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.   AMEN.

B       [LTP – Year B  #1]

Faithful God,
whose everlasting covenant with us
is sealed in the blood of Christ,
be present in the assembly of your people
who gather to renew our covenant promises.

Speak to our hearts;
purify our consciences
as we give thanks with bread and cup
to a God who is always faithful to his covenant with us.

We ask this through the faithful Servant, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.  AMEN.

                                                GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       We know that the Father loves us because he has lavished abundant  gifts upon us. Confident that he hears our prayers we present our petitions before him.

CM      Our response is:  Nourish your people, Lord.

  1. For the Church:   (pause) that all Christians may live a truly eucharistic life, a life of intimate union with Christ and of humble loving service to one another:  we pray:
  2. For the lonely who hunger for the bread of companionship; and the sick who hunger for the bread of good health: the underfed who hunger for the bread that nourishes and sustains; for all who hunger for the Bread of Life, we pray:
  3. For the millions of refugees throughout the world.  (pause) May they receive the bread that they need; May they also live in hope that one day they can return in safety to their homeland:  we pray:
  4. For peace between peoples and nations; that Israelis and Palestinians will stop their hostilities; that warring factions in Syria and elsewhere will respect each other’s right to exist; we pray:

                   [The Presider may add a petition that is local / relevant]

P       Father, may the food we eat at this banquet satisfy all our hungers and make us a strong and united community in Christ. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.  AMEN.

During the Presentation of the Gifts    or     while the Gifts are being placed upon the Altar

 So that the words may be heard there should not be any singing; gentle background music may help.

P
Blessed are you, Creator God.
You give us this BREAD,
the bread shaped by our hands,
the bread of toil and pain,
the bread for sharing.
We bring it before you:
let it become the BREAD of our feast,
food for our journey,
and the bread of life.

A         Blessed be God forever.

P
Blessed are you, Creator God.
You give us this WINE,
fruit of the work of many hands,
the wine of joy and song.
We bring it before you:
let it become the WINE of our celebration,
the wine of the everlasting Kingdom.

A         Blessed be God forever.

Prayer over the Gifts

Our God and Father,
as a meal brings a family together
and is a sign of unity,
let your Son keep us together
in friendship, peace
and a common concern for the poor and needy.
We ask this through him
who gives himself to us and stays with us,
Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord for ever.   AMEN

Intro to the Lord’s Prayer

A
Before receiving the Bread of life,
let us pray the table prayer which Jesus himself has taught us:

B
Let us pray in the words of Jesus to God our Father
that all his children may have sufficient bread for body and spirit:

Deliver us Lord

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil,
and grant us peace in our day.
Through the body and blood of your Son
free us from selfishness and sin.
Give us the will to feed a hungry world,
as we work in joyful hope
for the coming in glory
of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

St Paul said:

“We who are many are one body,
for we all partake of the one bread.”

Lord, grant that by partaking in this sacred meal,
we may grow in unity
and enjoy the peace of your kingdom
where you live forever and ever.

Sign of Peace

Let us now express the unity we have in Christ with those beside us.

OPTIONAL    The Breaking of Bread –   Shorter Version

While breaking the bread the Presider says aloud:

The bread that we break:
do we not share in the body of Christ
when we eat this bread?

While putting a particle of bread into the cup he says aloud:

The Cup of Blessing for which we give thanks to God:
do we not share in the blood of Christ
when we drink from this cup?

LAMB OF GOD

Invitation to Communion

 [Holding up the Ciborium the Presider says:]

P
This is the bread come down from heaven;
whoever eats of it will never die.

[He now holds up the Chalice and says:]

This is the cup of eternal life;
whoever drinks of it will live forever.

[Now, displaying the two receptacles, he says:]

Come now and receive the body and blood of Christ.

 ALL    Lord, I am not worthy….   shall be healed.

OPTIONAL     The Breaking of Bread    –    Longer Version       

 Legend:  Presiding Priest (PP);   Presider’s Assistant-Right (PAR);    Assistant on Left (PAL)

 The ‘Lamb of God / Kordero’ is omitted.  CM asks Assembly to KNEEL

 PAR and PAL join Presider at the Altar at the beginning of the Prayer for Peace.  PAL places the small ‘special’ ciborium in front of the Presider, When Presider takes up large bread, PAL removes the large Ciborium.   Presider now proceeds to break the large bread into the smaller ciborium while praying slowly]

 PP     God, Provider and Sustainer of life,

we ask that in the breaking of this bread

our eyes may be opened

so that we may recognize the presence of your Son among us.

 

PAL    [holding up the large ciborium plate PAL says]

            The bread that we break:

            do we not share in the body of Christ

            when we eat this bread?

            [He puts some of consecrated Bread into the ciboria on Sacristy Side only.]

 

PP     Because there is the one bread,

all of us, though many, are one body;

for we all share the same loaf.

 

PAR    [holding up the Presider’s chalice PAR says]

            The Cup of Blessing for which we give thanks to God:

            do we not share in the blood of Christ

            when we drink from this cup?

 

ALL     When we eat this bread and drink this cup

we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,

until you come in glory.  [sung if possible]

 

PP       [Holding up the smaller Ciborium the Presider says:]

This is the bread come down from heaven;

whoever eats of it will never die.

 

            [He now holds up the Chalice and says:]

This is the cup of eternal life;

whoever drinks of it will live forever.

 

            [Now, displaying the two receptacles he says:]

Come now and receive the body and blood of Christ.

 

ALL    Lord, I am not worthy….   shall be healed.

If the above TEXT is being used, all the suggested Rubrics will have to be carefully edited according to the needs of each particular Church.

Prayer after Communion   –  from the Sacramentary

Lord Jesus Christ,
you give us your body and blood in the Eucharist
as a sign that even now we share your life.
May we come to possess it completely
in the kingdom where you live for ever and ever.   AMEN.

Final Blessing

May the Father shower you with his goodness.

AMEN.

May the Son feed you with his love.

AMEN.

May the Spirit support you with his strength.

AMEN.

And may the blessing…

Dismissal

Go in peace.

And may the Body and Blood of Christ be your strength and joy.

Download printable file here: Corpus Christi – B

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