God's wisdom has prepared his wine and laid the table. He invites us: ''Come and eat my bread, drink the wine I have prepared!" This is our Lord's invitation to us. May we answer his invitation and may he always be with you. R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. The Eucharist at the Core of our Faith We know that the very core of our faith is that Jesus' body was broken for us on the cross, that he shed his blood for us, but that he rose again from the dead and is alive. The deepest way for us to share in his death and resurrection is the Mass, the eucharist we celebrate. There the body of Christ is given to us as our food; there his blood is made present as shed to forgive our sins and to fill us with Jesus' life and strength and joy. Let us celebrate this eucharist with gratitude, for here the Lord gives himself totally to us.
The eucharist makes us one with the Lord Jesus. How much are we one with him? How often do we let sin alienate us from him? Let us examine ourselves before the Lord. (PAUSE) Lord Jesus, you invite us to eat your body and drink your blood: Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.
Jesus Christ, you invite us to live in you and to be one with you so that you can be one with us: Christ, have mercy. R/ Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you invite us to eat you as our bread that overcomes death and makes us live for ever: Lord, have mercy R/ Lord, have mercy.
Lord, let this eucharist forgive our sins, fill us with your love and strength and lead us to everlasting life. R/ Amen.
A. The Eucharist at the Core of our Faith Let us pray that the eucharist may fill us with the life of Christ (PAUSE) Our living God, you let us taste and see how good you are by giving us your Son Jesus Christ as the bread and drink of life. Give him to us today as our daily bread, that with him we may pass from death to life. Let his life flow in us and overflow on our brothers and sisters, that we may become his body to the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord. R/ Amen.
First Reading Introduction: Eating and Drinking Wisdom Wisdom wants to share itself as food and drink, to give insight and life. Christ, the Word of God, is true wisdom. In the meal of the eucharist he transforms us into God's image.
Second Reading Introduction: Praising the Father through Christ Christians learn the true wisdom of life from the Holy Spirit. In the liturgical assembly they sing out their thanks to the Father through Christ.
Gospel Introduction: Sharing Jesus' Life through the Eucharist By eating the Lord's body and drinking his blood, we share in Jesus' life and we are sure he will raise us from the dead.
Our Lord Jesus has nourished us with his words of life and invites us to his table. Let us bring to him all our cares and those of the people we love. Let us say: R/ Stay with us, Lord.
- For the Church, that the eucharist may remain the source of its vitality and of its ability to witness to the presence of the Lord in his community, let us pray: R/ Stay with us, Lord.
- For Christians everywhere, that they may hunger and thirst for justice in the world and give access to every person to spiritual values and the material goods they need, let us pray: R/ Stay with us, Lord.
- For those in many parts of the world who don't have enough to eat, that people may unite to help them to earn their own food in dignity, let us pray: R/ Stay with us, Lord.
- For us and for all Christians who come together around the Lord's table, that Christ may unite us heart and soul and make us open tables to one another, let us pray: R/ Stay with us, Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, you give yourself to us as the bread of life. Help us to give ourselves like you, without charge and without regret. Stay with us, now and for ever. R/ Amen.
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord our God, as a Father who cares you invites us to the table of your Son. He will change our bread into his flesh, our wine into the drink of life. Make us one with him, appease our hunger with his bread and refresh us with his drink, that we may live his life of courage and commitment and that we may live in your love now and for ever. R/ Amen.
Introduction to the Eucharistic Prayer
In the eucharistic prayer we sing out our praise and thanks to our Father as we join our Lord Jesus Christ, for he has made Jesus our bread of life.
Invitation to the Lord's Prayer
One with Jesus our Lord we pray in his own words to our Father in heaven: R/ Our Father...
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, set us free from our cowardice and selfishness. Nourish us with the bread of life, gather us together and keep us united, that the world may recognize that your Son is alive in us as we go forward in joyful hope toward the coming in glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ. R/ For the kingdom...
The Breaking of Bread(A. Schilling)
The bread that we break is the bread of resurrection to a new life and to new happiness. It is bread to be shared, for it is the bread of the Lord.
Invitation to Communion
This is the Lord who says: ''My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood live in me and I live in them." Happy are we to accept his invitation to eat his bread of life. R/ Lord, I am not worthy...
Prayer after Communion
Thank you, God our Father, for nourishing us on the way to you with the true bread and drink of life, your Son Jesus Christ. In this and in every eucharist, let him take flesh again in us, that we may do for one another what he has done for us, that we may be present to one another as he is present and available to us, and that with him we may live your life now and for ever. R/ Amen.
We experience day after day that it is not easy to live the Lord's gospel. It is not easy to live a life that is worthwhile, to be unselfish, compassionate, to love and help one another even when it is uncomfortable, to lead a life of integrity, to build a better world together. It is true wisdom that prompts us to come to the Lord's table to seek his strength. May the Lord accompany us on the road of life and love and may God bless you all: the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. R/ Amen.
Let us go with the Lord on the road to God and to one another. R/ Thanks be to God.