June 22, 2014 - Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Deuteronomy 8.2-3, 14b-16a

Moses said to the people:
"Remember all the way which the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the desert,
that he might humble you, to prove you,
to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.

He humbled you, and allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna,
which you did not know, nor did your fathers know,
that he might make you know that a human does not live by bread alone,
but a human lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.

Beware lest you forget the Lord your God,
who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt,
out of the house of bondage,
who led you through the great and terrible desert,
with its fiery serpents and scorpions,
and thirsty ground where there was no water,
who brought forth water out of the rock of flint,
who fed you in the desert with manna,
which your fathers did not know."

Responsorial – Psalm 147.12-13, 14-15, 19-20 Resp. 12a

R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem! or R. Alleluia!

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
Praise your God, Zion!
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates.
He has blessed your children within you.

R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem! or R. Alleluia!

He makes peace in your borders.
He fills you with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sends out his commandment to the earth.
His word runs very swiftly.

R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem! or R. Alleluia!

He shows his word to Jacob;
his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
He has not done this for any other nation.
They do not know his ordinances. Alleluia!

R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem! or R. Alleluia!

Reading 2 - 1 Corinthians 10.16-17

The cup of blessing which we bless,
is it not a communion of the Blood of Christ?
The bread which we break,
is it not a communion of the Body of Christ?
Because there is one bread,
we, who are many, are one body,
for we all partake of the one bread.

Sequence - Lauda Sion

Laud, O Zion, thy salvation,
laud with hymns of exultation
Christ, thy King and Shepherd true:
spend thyself, his honor raising,
who surpasseth all thy praising;
never canst thou reach his due.

Sing today, the mystery showing
of the living, life bestowing
Bread from heaven before thee set;
e'en the same of old provided,
where the Twelve, divinely guided,
at the holy Table met.

Full and clear ring out thy chanting,
joy nor sweetest grace be wanting
to thy heart and soul today;
when we gather up the measure
of that Supper and its treasure,
keeping feast in glad array.

Lo, the new King's Table gracing,
this new Passover of blessing
hath fulfilled the elder rite;
now the new the old effaceth,
truth revealed the shadow chaseth,
day is breaking the night.

What he did at Supper seated,
Christ ordained be repeated,
his memorial ne'er to cease:
and, his word for guidance taking,
bread and wine we hallow, making
thus our sacrifice of peace.

This the truth to Christians given:
Bread becomes his Flesh from heaven,
Wine becomes his holy Blood.
Doth it pass thy comprehending?
Yet by faith, thy sight transcending,
wondrous things are understood.

Yea, beneath these signs are bidden
glorious things to sight forbidden:
look not on the outward sign.
Wine is poured and Bread is broken.
but in either sacred token
Christ is here by power divine.

Whoso of this Food partakes,
does not rend the Lord nor breaks:
Christ is whole to all that taste.

Thousands are, as one, receivers,
one, as thousands of believers,
takes the Food that cannot waste.

Good and evil men are sharing
one repast, a doom preparing
varied as the heart of man;

doom of life or death awarded,
as their days shall be recorded
which from one beginning ran.

When the Sacrament is broken,
doubt not in each severed token,
hallowed by the word once spoken,
resteth all the true content:

nought the precious Gift divides,
breaking but the sign betides,
he himself the same abides,
nothing of his fullness spent.

Hail! Bread of the Angels, broken,
for us pilgrims food, and token
of the promise by Christ spoken,
children's meat, to dogs denied!

Shown in Isaac's dedication,
in the Manna's preparation,
in the Paschal immolation,
in old types pre-signified.

Jesus, Shepherd mild and meek,
shield the poor, support the weak;
help all who Thy pardon sue,
placing all their trust in You:
fill them with Your healing grace!

Source of all we have or know,
feed and lead us here below.
grant that with Your Saints above,
sitting at the feast of love
we may see You face to face. Amen. Alleluia.

Gospel – John 6.51-58

Jesus said to the crowds:
I am the living bread which came down from heaven.
If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever.
Yes, the bread which I will give
Is my flesh for the life of the world.”
The Jews argued with one another, saying,
“How can this one give us his flesh to eat?”
So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I tell you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Human
and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.
For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
lives in me and I in them.

As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father;
so the one who feeds on me, will also live because of me.
This is the bread which came down from heaven—
not like what our fathers ate and died.
The one who eats this bread will live forever.”

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