Readings for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi / C

First Reading
Gn 14:18–20

Melchizedek brought out bread and wine.

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.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4

R. :

R. (4b) You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand
   till I make your enemies your footstool.”

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

The scepter of your power the Lord will stretch forth from Zion:
   “Rule in the midst of your enemies.”

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

“Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor;
   before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you.”

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

The Lord has sworn, and he will not repent:
   “You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”

 R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.

Second Reading
1 Cor 11:23–26

For as often as you eat and drink, you proclaim the death of the Lord.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the 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.

Gospel Acclamation
Jn 6:51

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

I am the living bread from heaven, says the Lord;
if anyone eats this bread he will live forever.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 9:11b–17

They all ate and were satisfied.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

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 five thousand.
Then he said to his disciples,
   “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty.”
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 twelve wicker baskets.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

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