Bible Service in Honor of the Blessed Sacrament

From the collection of SVD prayers, VADEMECUM

Hymn

C/L. May the peace of Christ be with you all. A. And also with you.

Introduction

L. The night before he died, Jesus took his place at table with his apostles. Then he revealed to them the depth of his love: “I have greatly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer,” he said to them. Now at last he would fulfill the longings of his heart to give himself to all, wholly and entirely. There and then he instituted the most Blessed Sacrament.

L. Let us pray.

A. Lord Jesus Christ, you gave your Church an admirable sacrament as the abiding memorial of your passion. Teach us so to worship the sacred mystery of your Body and Blood, that its redeeming power may sanctify us always. Who live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

Reading of the Word of God: Jn 6:44-51 or 6:53-58 or Ex 16:9-15 (homily/pause)

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Psalm 111

L. I will thank the Lord with all my heart, in the meeting of the just and their assembly: Great are the works of the Lord; to be pondered by all who love them.

A. Majestic and glorious his work, his justice stands firm forever. He makes us remember his wonders. The Lord is compassion and love.

L. He gives food to those who fear him; keeps his covenant ever in mind. He has shown his might to his people, by giving them the lands of the nations.

A. His works are justice and truth; his precepts are all of them sure, standing firm for ever and ever: they are made in uprightness and truth.

L. He has sent deliverance to his people, and established his covenant forever. Holy his name, to be feared.

A. To fear the Lord is the first stage of wisdom; all who do so prove themselves wise. His praise shall last forever!

Petitions

L. At the last supper to which all are invited, Christ gives his Body and Blood for the life of the world. Earnestly we implore him:

A. Lord Jesus Christ, give us the bread of eternal life.

L. LordJesusChrist,SonofthelivingGod,youhave commanded us to celebrate the Eucharistic meal in remembrance of you.

A. Enrich your Church with the worthy celebration of these mysteries.

L. Lord Jesus Christ, Giver of the Holy Spirit, in this sacrament your Spirit makes into one all who share the one bread.

A. Grant peace and harmony to all who believe in you.

L. LordJesusChrist,friendofthepoorandoutcasts, you invite all to your table.

A. Fill our hearts with active compassion for all who suffer or are in need.

L. Lord Jesus Christ, heavenly physician, you give an eternal remedy and a pledge of resurrection to those who eat your bread.

A. Grant health to the ailing and a real hope to sinners.

L. LordJesusChrist,kingwhoistocome,webelieve that whenever we celebrate the Eucharist we proclaim your death until you come.

A. Bring all those who have died in you to share your resurrection.

L. WithconfidenceinourheavenlyFather,letuspray the prayer that Jesus taught us.

Our Father…

L. Let us pray.

A. Lord our God, in this great sacrament, we come into the presence of Jesus Christ your Son, born of the Virgin Mary, and crucified for our salvation. May we who declare our faith in this fountain of love and mercy, drink from it the water of everlasting life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Benediction

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