Christ has come, and in his own blood he took us up in God's love in a new and lasting covenant. May he keep us united with God and be always with you. R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. My Body and Blood for You (Option 1)We admire great men and women who dedicated their lives to the good of others and were even willing to die for them. This is precisely what we celebrate whenever we come together for the Eucharist. We celebrate Jesus' life and death for us, but also his resurrection, for he is alive here among us, in his Church, in our world. But when we do what he told us to do, "Do this in memory of me," we must also learn to give ourselves to God and to people, the way Jesus gave himself. In this Eucharist he gives us this disposition.
B. The Blood of the Covenant (Option 2) Many bodies are broken today through the use of brute force and torture; much blood is shed of innocent people and children. Violence leads to hatred and more violence. Today we hear of Someone whose broken body brought us peace, who shed his blood to bring us God's forgiveness and love. "This is my body given for you. This is my blood of the everlasting covenant. Every Eucharist is a message of hope that the love of God is with us now and forever. Let us thank the Father today for the great gift of Jesus' Eucharist.
Do we commit ourselves to the good of others, even when the cost is high? Let us examine ourselves before the Lord.(PAUSE)
=Lord Jesus, you said: ''This is my body, this is I myself who give myself for you. "Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.
=Jesus Christ, you said: ''This is my blood of the covenant shed for you and for all people": Christ, have mercy. R/ Christ, have mercy.
=Lord Jesus, you said, ''This is my body for the life of the world. Anyone who eats this has eternal life. "Lord, have mercy. R/ Lord, have mercy.
Have mercy on us, Lord, and let the Eucharist bring us the forgiveness of all our sins and lead us to everlasting life. R/ Amen.
A. My Body and Blood for You (Option 1)Let us pray that we may offer this Eucharist with the commitment of Jesus.(PAUSE)Lord our God, you do not accept our soulless sacrifices if we do not commit ourselves to you and each other. We stand before you without any other sacrifice than that of your beloved Son who shed his blood out of love.
Fill us with his Spirit, that we too may live for you and for one another with a generous, self-forgetting love that unites all, loves all, serves all. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. R/ Amen.
B. The Blood of the Covenant (Option 2)Let us pray to God that we may encounter him in his Son(PAUSE)Living God of the covenant, you have chosen us to make us forever blood relatives of you and brothers and sisters of one another through the blood of Jesus, your Son.
Let us encounter you and bind us closely to you through him who is our food of unity and our drink of joy, Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord, who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. R/ Amen.
First Reading Introduction: Blood Relatives of God: God chooses himself a people and shares its destiny. He unites it to himself by ties of blood and by eating and drinking with them.
Gospel Introduction: The Meal of our Covenant Jesus renews the covenant with us when he shares his body and blood with us in every Eucharistic celebration.
Let us pray with the fullest trust to God our Father, for he has chosen us as his partners in life set free by the blood of his Son. Let us say: R/ Lord, be close to us, your people.
- For the pope, for bishops and priests, that they may give to their people not only the bread of the Eucharist and the word of God but also the bread of themselves, let us pray: R/ Lord, be close to us, your people.
- For all Christian Churches, that they may become one at the table of the Lord, let us pray; R/ Lord, be close to us, your people.
- For the nations who have more than others in food and human resources, that they may consider it a task of justice to share with others peoples that have less and to help them forward on the road of human and economic development, let us pray: R/ Lord, be close to us, your people.
- For our Christian communities, that rich and poor, high and low, tenants and landlords, may share alike in the Eucharist and become responsible for one another in one covenant of justice, love and peace, let us pray: R/ Lord, be close to us, your people.
- For all of us, that the Eucharist may become more and more the source of our strength and unity and of our commitment to one another, let us pray: R/ Lord, be close to us, your people.
Lord God, be close to us. Keep nourishing us with the body and blood of your Son, that we may grow in your everlasting life, now and forever. R/ Amen.
Prayer over the Gifts
Lord our God, you are present wherever people welcome you and allow you to be one with them. Let us encounter you in your Son. Make him today our bread of fidelity and the wine of life and joy, that you may be our God and we your people, now and forever. R/ Amen.
Introduction to the Eucharistic Prayer
In the Eucharistic prayer that follows let us express our joyful thanks to the Father for giving us Jesus in the Eucharist. This is God's way of staying today with us, the people he loves.
Introduction to the Lord's Prayer
Before receiving the Bread of life, let us bless the Father for his kindness and pray the table prayer which Jesus himself has taught us: R/ Our Father...
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil through Christ, the Lamb of God, who shed his blood for us. Unite us in the body and blood of your Son as the people you have chosen as your own. Prepare us for the coming in glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. R/ For the kingdom...
Invitation to Communion
This is Jesus, the Lamb of God who shed his blood to take our sins away and to make us the people of God. Happy are we to be invited to the meal wherein the Lord gives us his body and blood. R/ Lord, I am not worthy...
Note. It would be most fitting today to give communion under both kinds.
Prayer after Communion
God, our Father, you have bound us to yourself through the body and blood of your Son in one common destiny. Accept our thanks and, as we are one in your Son, make us share with one another the bread of ourselves and pour for one another the wine of partnership and hope, that we can journey together to you as brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord for ever. R/ Amen.
Our Lord found a way to stay always by our side and to accompany us on the road of life. He became our flesh and blood. Let us too find ways to support one another in dark days and to rejoice together in bright days and may God go all the way with you and bless you: the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. R/ Amen.
Let us go with the Lord and accompany one another in life. R/ Thanks be to God.