Catholic Mass for June 23rd, 2019: The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

By | September 2, 2019


(“Come To The Feast”) ♪ Come ♪ ♪ Come to the banquet ♪ ♪ Come ♪ ♪ Come to the feast ♪ ♪ Here the hungry find plenty ♪ ♪ Here the thirsty shall drink ♪ ♪ Here at the supper of Jesus ♪ ♪ Come to the feast ♪ ♪ Come ♪ ♪ Come to the banquet ♪ ♪ Come ♪ ♪ Come to the feast ♪ ♪ Here the hungry find plenty ♪ ♪ Here the thirsty shall drink ♪ ♪ Here at the supper of Jesus ♪ ♪ Come to the feast ♪ – In the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. – Amen.
– The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Today we celebrate the mystery of Jesus’ gift of himself to us. His very body, blood,
soul, and divinity given for our eternal life. As we begin this liturgy, let us reflect on what keeps us from allowing this gift
to transform our lives. – Lord Jesus, you
are body and blood given for the life of the world. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – Christ Jesus, you
are the living bread come down from Heaven. Christ, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Christ, have mercy. – Lord Jesus, you are
the way to eternal life. Lord, have mercy. – [Congregation]
Lord, have mercy. – May Almighty God have mercy
on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to
life everlasting. – [Congregation] Amen. – Glory to God in the highest. – Congregation And on Earth
peace to people of goodwill. We praise you. We bless you. We adore you. We glorify you. We give you thanks
for your great glory. Lord God, Heavenly King, O’ God Almighty Father, Lord Jesus Christ,
only begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God,
Son of the Father, you take away the sins of
the world have mercy on us. You take away the sins of
the world receive our prayer. You are seated at the right hand of the Father have mercy on us. For you alone are the Holy One. You alone are the Lord. You alone are the Most
High, Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit in the
glory of God the Father, amen. – Let us pray. God, who in this
wonderful sacrament, have left us a memorial
of your passion, grant us we pray so to
revere the sacred mysteries of your body and blood that
we may always experience in ourselves the fruits
of your redemption, who live and reign
with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God forever and ever. – [Congregation] Amen. – A reading from
the book of Genesis. In those days, Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought
out bread and wine, and being a priest
of God Most High, he blessed Abram
with these words, “Blessed be Abram
by God Most High, “the creator of
Heaven and Earth. “and blessed be God Most High, “who delivered your
foes into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a
tenth of everything. The word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to to God. (gentle piano music) ♪ You are a priest forever ♪ ♪ In the line of Melchizedek ♪ ♪ You are a priest forever ♪ ♪ In the line of Melchizedek ♪ ♪ The Lord said to my Lord ♪ ♪ Sit at my right hand ♪ ♪ Till I make your
enemies your footstool ♪ ♪ You are a priest forever ♪ ♪ In the line of Melchizedek ♪ – A reading from
the first letter of St. Paul to Corinthians. Brothers and sisters, I received from the Lord
what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the
night he was handed over took bread, and after he
had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my
body that is for you. “Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the
cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new
covenant in my blood. “Do this as often as you drink
it in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this
bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of
the Lord until he comes. The word of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. (upbeat piano music) ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ ♪ Alleluia ♪ – The Lord be with you.
– And with your spirit. – A reading from The Holy
Gospel According To Luke. – [Congregation]
Glory to you, Lord. – Jesus spoke to the crowds
about the kingdom of God, and he healed those
who needed to be cured. As the day was
drawing to a close, the Twelve approached
him and said, “Dismiss the crowd,
so that they can go “to the surrounding
villages and farms “and find lodging
and provisions. “For we are in a
deserted place here.” He said to them, “Give
them some food yourselves.” They replied, “Five loaves
and two fish are all we have, “unless we ourselves go and
buy food for all these people.” Now the men there
numbered about 5,000. Then he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in
groups of about 50.” They did so and made
them all sit down. Then taking the five
loaves and the two fish, and looking up to Heaven, he said the blessing
over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples
to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied, and when the leftover
fragments were picked up, they filled 12 wicker baskets. The gospel of the Lord. – [Congregation] Praise
to you, Lord Jesus Christ. – Sometime ago I was looking
at some of the artifacts, the things that we get, the wooden products
from the holy land. John Geraci and his wife Susan they have those
things available. I remember seeing a little
box, like a rosary box, that had the symbol of
it, of the five loaves and the two fish. I said to John, “Next time
you go to the Holy Land “you have to tell them “that they have to
correct this picture.” Because it had four
loaves and two fish. He said, “Okay, Father, I’ll
make sure that I tell them.” Well, last year when
I had the privilege of going on a pilgrimage to
the Holy Land with the members of the Equestrian Order
of the Holy Sepulcher, we went to the place where
the miracle took place. We saw the icon in the
floor in front of the altar that this image came from
that they reproduced. I looked at the image, and it was wrong too. (congregation laughing) How could they get it wrong? From the time of Jesus
four loaves and two fish. It’s five loaves. Didn’t they read scripture? So I thought. Our tour guide was an amazing
young man, and he explained. He said, “When we come here, “we celebrate the great
miracle of what Jesus did. “Taking the little that he had “and providing an abundance.” He said, “You’ll
notice that in the icon “on the floor before the altar, “there’s only four
loaves of bread.” He said, “Because the fifth
loaf is Christ on the altar.” Ah, now it made sense. So everybody else wasn’t wrong. I was wrong. Looking at things kind
of in a literal context but seeing the spiritual
meaning behind that, that the symbol of the feeding
with the loaves and fishes was a very powerful symbol, and what Jesus did
after that miracle is what he does every
time we come to mass. Alright, he took the
loaves and the two fish, and looking up to Heaven. So, first of all, he took
the fish and the loaves. He said the
blessing, broke them, and gave them to the disciples, and then they sat
them before the crowd. What we do is the
same thing here. We take a little bread and wine. We bless them in the
great Eucharistic prayer, in which they’re
transformed totally into the very presence,
the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ. We break the bread as Jesus
did with his disciples in order that it may be shared, and we give it as he gave. So that’s a symbol too
not only of the Eucharist but a symbol of our
lives too as we celebrate the solemnity of the most
holy body and blood of Christ. That what Christ did,
so we too must do. We said last week we come
together as a community, and we live in the love of
God, community together, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As we celebrate this
Eucharist, we come here. We take everything of our
lives and we bring it here. We participate in the blessing. The bread is broken,
and then we are shared. We share with one
another the great gift of God’s presence in
the holy Eucharist. He nourishes us millions
and millions and millions of people throughout the
world with this little bread and this little
wine that becomes the greatest gift we could
imagine, the greatest meal, and so we come here because
Eucharist means thanksgiving. So we give thanks to God
for the gift of faith. We give thanks to God
for the opportunity to actually participate
in his real presence. That we come here
as his gift to us not just some symbol,
not just some sign, but his real presence. That he humbles himself
to come among us and shares himself with us, so that we then can share
ourselves with others. So like they took
the five loaves and the two fish and
it fed thousands, so we bring this
little bread and wine. We are fed fully in hopes
that we will go then and feed the world with
the love of God, amen. We profess our faith
using the Apostle’s Creed. – [Congregation] I believe
in God, the Father Almighty, creator of Heaven and Earth, and in Jesus Christ,
his only Son our Lord, who was conceived
by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died,
and was buried. He descended into Hell. On the third day he rose
again from the dead. He ascended into
Heaven and is seated at the right hand of
God the Father Almighty. From there he will come to
judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting, amen. – We make our needs
known to a loving God who nourishes us with the living
bread for life everlasting. – That all members of the
church, the body of Christ, continually offer
themselves in self-giving for the good of others
we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – That all peoples of
the world share equitably in the abundance of
the world’s resources and conserve them for
future generations we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – That the hungry be fed, the thirsty receive their fill, and all those in
need be nourished by Christ’s promise of
life we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – That all of us gathered here receive Christ’s body and blood with ever greater
hunger and thirst and become his body for
others we pray to the Lord. – [Congregation]
Lord, hear our prayer. – Gracious God, you
give us your only Son as the living bread
come down from Heaven. Hear our prayers that as we
share in his body and blood, we also share in his
promise of eternal life. We ask this through
Christ our Lord. – [Congregation] Amen. (gentle piano music) (priests mumbling softly) – Thank you. Pray, my sister and brothers, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to
God, the Almighty Father. – [Congregation] May the
Lord accept the sacrifice of your hands for the
praise and glory of his name for our good and the good
of all his holy church. – 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
present through Christ our Lord. – [Congregation] Amen. – The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – Lift up your hearts. – [Congregation] We lift
them up to the Lord. – Let us give thanks
to the Lord our God. – [Congregation] It
is right and just. – 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
bound of charity. 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. (gentle music) ♪ Holy, holy, holy ♪ ♪ Lord God of host ♪ ♪ Heaven and Earth are
full of your glory ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Blessed is he ♪ ♪ Blessed is he ♪ ♪ Who comes in the
name of the Lord ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ ♪ Hosanna in the highest ♪ – You are indeed holy
and to be glorified, O’ God who love the human race and who always walks with
us on the journey of life. Blessed indeed is your
Son present in our midst when we are gathered
by his love, and when, as once for the
disciples and now for us, he opens the scriptures
and breaks the bread. Therefore, Father
most merciful, we ask that you send forth
your Holy Spirit to sanctify these
gifts of bread and wine that they may become
for us the body and blood of our
Lord Jesus Christ. On the day before
he was to suffer on the night of the last
supper he took bread, and said the blessing,
broke the bread, and gave it to his
disciples saying, “Take this all of
you and eat of it. “For this is my body which
will be giving up for you.” In a similar way when supper
was ended, he took the chalice and gave you thanks and gave
the chalice to his disciples saying, “Take this all
of you and drink from it. “For this is the
chalice of my blood “the blood of the new
and eternal covenant “which will be poured
out for you and for many “for the forgiveness of sins. “Do this in memory of me.” ♪ The mystery of faith ♪ (gentle music) ♪ When we eat this bread ♪ ♪ And drink this cup ♪ ♪ We proclaim your
death O’ Lord ♪ ♪ Until you come again ♪ – Therefore, Holy Father,
as we celebrate the memorial of Christ, your Son our Savior, whom you led through
his passion and death on the cross to the
glory of the resurrection and whom you have seated
at your right hand, we proclaim the work of your
love until he comes again, and we offer you
the bread of life and the chalice of blessing. Look with favor on the
oblation of your church in which we show forth the
Paschal sacrifice of Christ that has been handed onto us, and grant that by the power
of the spirit of your love we may be counted now and
until the day of eternity among the members of your Son in whose body and blood
we have communion. Lord, renew your church by
the light of the gospel. Strengthen the bond of unity between the faithful and
the pastors of your people together with Francis our pope, George Leo, our bishop, and the whole order of bishops. That in a world torn by strife, your people may shine
forth as a prophetic sign of unity and concord. Remember our
brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in
the peace of your Christ, and all the dead whose
faith you alone have known admit them to rejoice in
the light of your face. And in the resurrection, give them the fullness of life. Grant also to us when our
earthly pilgrimage is done, that we may come to an
eternal dwelling place and live with you forever
there in communion. With the blessed Virgin
Mary, mother of God, with Joseph her loving husband, with the apostles and martyrs, and with all the saints we
shall praise and exalt you through Jesus Christ your Son. ♪ Through him and
with him and in him ♪ ♪ O’ God Almighty Father ♪ ♪ In the unity of
the Holy Spirit ♪ ♪ All glory honor is yours ♪ ♪ Forever and ever ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ ♪ Amen ♪ – At the Savior’s command
informed by divine teaching we dare to pray. – [Congregation] Our
Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on
Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. – Deliver us, Lord, we
pray from every evil. Graciously grant
peace in our days that by the help of your mercy we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our
Savior Jesus Christ. – [Congregation] For
the kingdom, the power, and the glory are
yours now and forever. – Lord Jesus Christ, who
said to your apostles, “Peace I leave you,” “My peace I give you,” look not on our sins but
on the faith of your church and graciously grant
her peace and unity in accordance with your will who live and reign
forever and ever. – Amen.
– The peace of the Lord be with you always.
– And with your spirit. – Let us share with one
another the peace of Christ. (congregation speaking softly) – [Congregation] Lamb
of God, you take away the sins of the world
have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world. Have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away
the sins of the world. Grant us peace. – Behold the Lamb of God. Behold him who takes away
the sins of the world. Blessed are those called
to the supper of the Lamb. – [Congregation]
Lord, I am not worthy that you should
enter under my roof. But only say the word and
my soul shall be healed. (“In Remembrance of You”) ♪ Jesus ♪ ♪ Hope for all ♪ ♪ Teach us to believe ♪ ♪ Reach us ♪ ♪ Hope from all ♪ ♪ In water, wine, and wheat ♪ ♪ Gathered at table ♪ ♪ Gathered in love ♪ ♪ Food for the journey ♪ ♪ Sent from above ♪ ♪ Strengthen and feed us ♪ ♪ In all that we do ♪ ♪ Gathered at table ♪ ♪ In remembrance of you ♪ ♪ Jesus ♪ ♪ Son of God ♪ ♪ You are living word ♪ ♪ Teach us ♪ ♪ Son of God ♪ ♪ To share what we have heard ♪ ♪ Gathered at table ♪ ♪ Gathered in love ♪ ♪ Food for the journey ♪ ♪ Sent from above ♪ ♪ Strengthen and feed us ♪ ♪ In all that we do ♪ ♪ Gathered at table ♪ ♪ In remembrance of you ♪ – Let us pray. 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 body and blood who live and reign
forever and ever. – Amen.
– The Lord be with you. – [Congregation] And
with your spirit. – May our loving God bless you, the Father and the Son
and the Holy Spirit. – Amen.
– Let us go in peace and announce the
gospel of the Lord. – [Congregation]
Thanks be to God. (“Sing To The Mountains”) ♪ Sing to the mountains ♪ ♪ Sing to the sea ♪ ♪ Raise your voices ♪ ♪ Lift your hearts ♪ ♪ This is the day
the Lord has made ♪ ♪ Let all the Earth rejoice ♪ ♪ I will give thanks
to you, my Lord ♪ ♪ You have answered my plea ♪ ♪ You have saved my
soul from death ♪ ♪ You are my strength
and my song ♪ ♪ Sing to the mountains ♪ ♪ Sing to the sea ♪ ♪ Raise your voices ♪ ♪ Lift your hearts ♪ ♪ This is the day
the Lord has made ♪ ♪ Let all the Earth rejoice ♪

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