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June 14, 2020 • Body & Blood of Christ

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Preparation

Just Before You Begin

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Opening Song

Greeting

Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
(The response is: Blessed be God forever.)

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We gather together as a family
to remember how Jesus gathered us around one table.
One with all of our sisters and brothers throughout the world,
let us now listen to God's Word and join in prayer.

All: Amen.

Litany in Praise of God's Mercy

Leader: As we prepare to hear about God's love for us,
let us remember that God sent his Son not to judge us, but to save us,
for God is full of gentleness and compassion.
Lord Jesus, you take away our fear in times of trouble:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you heal the wounds after we hurt each other:
Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you remind us that every person is a child of God:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray

Leader: God of justice,
you have created people in many beautiful colors
and given us all a dignity that can never be taken away.
May we all do our part to respect that dignity,
that we may always seek out for others
the justice we seek for ourselves.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

First Reading

Reader 1: Today's reading tells us about what happened to the people of Israel after they escaped from slavery in Egypt. A reading from the Book of Exodus.

Reader 1: Moses said:
Don’t forget how the Lord your God has led you through the desert for the past forty years.
He wanted to find out if you were truly willing to obey him and depend on him, so he made you go hungry.
Then he gave you manna, a kind of food that you and your ancestors had never even heard about.
The Lord was teaching you that people need more than food to live—they need every word that the Lord has spoken.
Don’t forget that you were once slaves in Egypt and that it was the Lord who set you free.
Remember how he led you in that huge and frightening desert where poisonous snakes and scorpions live.
There was no water, but the Lord split open a rock, and water poured out so you could drink.
He also gave you manna, a kind of food your ancestors had never even heard about.

Reader 1: Moses said to the people:
"Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God,
has directed all your journeying in the desert,
so as to test you by affliction
and find out whether or not it was your intention
to keep his commandments.
He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger,
and then fed you with manna,
a food unknown to you and your fathers,
in order to show you that not by bread alone does one live,
but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD.
"Do not forget the LORD, your God,
who brought you out of the land of Egypt,
that place of slavery;
who guided you through the vast and terrible desert
with its saraph serpents and scorpions,
its parched and waterless ground;
who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock
and fed you in the desert with manna,
a food unknown to your fathers."

Reader 1: The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Alleluia

Gospel

Reader 1: In today's reading we hear Jesus talking about giving us his Body and Blood, the Eucharist, to us. We now do this action prayer together: May the Lord be on my mind, ┼
on my lips, ┼
and in my heart ┼
as we hear the Gospel today.
A reading from the holy Gospel of John.

Reader 2: Jesus said to the people:
"I am that bread from heaven! Everyone who eats it will live forever.
My flesh is the life-giving bread that I give to the people of this world."
They started arguing with each other and asked,
“How can he give us his flesh to eat?”
Jesus answered: I tell you for certain that you won’t live unless you eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man.
But if you do eat my flesh and drink my blood, you will have eternal life, and I will raise you to life on the last day.
My flesh is the true food, and my blood is the true drink.
If you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you are one with me, and I am one with you.
The living Father sent me, and I have life because of him.
Now everyone who eats my flesh will live because of me.
The bread that comes down from heaven isn’t like what your ancestors ate.
They died, but whoever eats this bread will live forever.

Reader 2: Jesus said to the Jewish crowds:
"I am the living bread that came down from heaven;
whoever eats this bread will live forever;
and the bread that I will give
is my flesh for the life of the world."
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying,
"How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
Jesus said to them,
"Amen, amen, I say to you,
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you do not have life within you.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
has eternal life,
and I will raise him on the last day.
For my flesh is true food,
and my blood is true drink.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.
Just as the living Father sent me
and I have life because of the Father,
so also the one who feeds on me
will have life because of me.
This is the bread that came down from heaven.
Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died,
whoever eats this bread will live forever."

Reader 2: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Reflections on the Readings

  1. The first reading reminds us that people of faith have always had to experience hard times at some point during their lives. Even when the Israelites escaped slavery in Egypt their lives were hard when they were in the desert. But God still cared for them and gave them what they needed to make it through. During this difficult time of COVID-19 and the racial divisions in America, how is God caring for you and getting you through it?
  2. What are your thoughts when you hear this Gospel reading today? What do you think Jesus is trying to say?
  3. Today is the church feast of The Body and Blood of Christ. At a time when most of us still can’t attend Mass together or receive the Eucharist, we are called to remember that even in our own homes and neighborhoods, we are still called to be the Body of Christ to each other. How can you be Christ for someone else this coming week?

General Intercessions

Leader: Now let’s pray together to God for what we need.

Reader 2: For everyone in our family, or communities, and the whole world
who is sick with the coronavirus or anything else,
that they may feel the Holy Spirit inside of them and know that Jesus hasn’t left them alone,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for all those who suffer in our country because of injustice and judgment
because of their skin color, their religion, or any other form of discrimination.
May we all work for justice because every single person is a child of God.
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray that our country may find peaceful ways to stand up for what is right,
and we pray for the safety and protection of all.
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For what else and for who else shall we pray?

Lord's Prayer

Leader: Jesus taught us to call God our Father, and so we have the courage to say:

All: 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.

Sign of Peace

Leader: Let us now offer each other a sign of peace.

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Blessing & Dismissal

Leader: Go in the peace of Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.

Closing Song

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