He fed them with the fait of corn, alleluia, and filled them with honey out of the rock, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. (Psalm) Rejoice to God our helper; sign aloud to the God of Jacob. Glory be to the Father. He fed them…
O God, Who under a wonderful Sacrament hast left us a memorial of Thy Passion: grant us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood that we may ever feel within us the fruit of Thy Redemption. Who livest and reignest.
Epistle – 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
Brethren, I have received of the Lord, that which also I delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread, and giving thanks, broke, and said: Take ye and eat, this is My Body, which shall be delivered for you; this do for the commemoration of Me. In like manner also the chalice, after He had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in My Blood; this do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of Me.
For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord until He come. Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and of the Blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself; and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the Body of the Lord.
The eyes of all hope in Thee, O Lord, and Thou givest them meat in due season. Thou openest Thy hand, and fillest every living creature with blessing.
Alleluia, alleluia. My Flesh is meat indeed and My Blood is drink indeed: he that eateth My Flesh and drinketh My Blood abideth in Me, and I in Him. Alleluia.
Sion, lift thy voice and sing: * Praise thy Savior and thy King, * Praise with hymns thy Shepherd true.
All thou canst, do thou endeavor, * Yet thy praise can equal never * Such as merits thy great King.
See today before us laid * Thy living and life-giving Bread! * Theme for praise and joy profound!
The same which at the sacred board * Was, by our incarnate Lord, * Giv’n to His Apostles round.
Let the praise be loud and high; * Sweet and tranquil be the joy * Felt today in every breast
On this festival divine * Which record the origin * of the glorious Eucharist.
On this table of the King, * Our new Pascal offering * Brings to end the older rite.
Here, for empty shadows fled, * Is reality instead; * Here, instead of darkness, light.
His own act, at supper seated, * Christ ordained to be repeated, * In His memory divine.
Wherefore now, with adoration, * We, the Host of our salvation * Consecrate from bread and wine.
Hear what Holy Church maintaineth, * That the bread its substance changeth * Into Flesh, the wine to Blood.
Doth it pass thy comprehending? * Faith, the law of sight transcending * Leaps to things not understood.
Here beneath these signs are hidden * Priceless things, to sense forbidden; * Signs, not things are all we see.
Flesh from bread, and Blood from wine, * Yet is Christ in either sign * All entire, confessed to be.
They, who of Him here partake, * Sever not, nor rend, nor break: * But, entire, their Lord receive.
Whether one or thousands eat, * All receive the self-same meat, * Nor the less for others leave.
Both the wicked and the good * Eat of this celestial Food: * But with ends now opposite!
Here it is life: and there it is death: * The same, yet issuing to each * In a difference infinite.
Nor a single doubt remain, * When they break the Host in twain, * But that in each part remains * What was in the whole before;
Since the simple sign alone * Suffers change in state or form, * The signified remaineth one * And the same for evermore.
Lo! upon the altar lies, * Hidden deep from human eyes, * Bread of Angels from the skies, * Made the food of mortal men.
Children meat to dogs denied. * In old types presignified: * In the manna heaven-supplied, * In Isaac, and the Paschal lamb.
Jesu! Shepherd of the sheep! * Thou Thy flock in safety keep. * Living Bread! Thy life supply: * Strengthen us, or else we die: * Fill us with celestial grace!
Thou, Who feedest us below! * Source of all we have or know! * Grant that with Thy Saint above, * Sitting at the feast of love, * We may see Thee face to face. Amen. Alleluia.
Gospel – John 6:56-59
At that time Jesus said to the multitude of the Jews: My Flesh is meat indeed, and My Blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My Flesh, and drinketh My Blood, abideth in Me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father, so he that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead. He that eateth this bread shall live for ever.
The priests of the Lord offer incense and loaves to God, and therefore they shall be holy to their God, and shall not defile His name. Alleluia.
Graciously bestow on Thy Church, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gifts of unity and peace, which are mystically shown forth in the offerings now made. Through our Lord.
As often as you shall eat this Bread, and drink this Chalice, you shall show the death of the Lord, until He come: therefore whosoever shall eat this Bread or drink the Chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord. Alleluia.
Fill us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, with that eternal enjoyment of Thy Divinity, which is prefigured by the reception in this life of Thy precious Body and Blood: Who livest and reignest.