ENTRANCE ANTIPHON Cf. Ps 81:17
He fed them with the finest wheat, and satisfied them with honey from the rock.
O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament have left us a memorial of your Passion, grant us, we pray, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may always experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption. Who live and reign with God…
A reading from the Book of Exodus 24:3-8
“Behold the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you.”
In those days: Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, “All the words which the Lord has spoken we will do.” And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord. And he rose early in the morning, and built an altar at foot of the mountain, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel. And he sent young men of the people of Israel, who offered burnt offerings and sacrificed peace offerings oxen to the Lord. And Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins, and half of the blood he threw against the altar. Then he took the book of the covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient.” And Moses took the blood and threw it upon the people, and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant which the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”
The word of the Lord.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM Ps 116:12-13.15 and l6bc.17-18 (R. 13)
- The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the name of the Lord.
- How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me? The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the name of the Lord. R.
- How precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of his faithful. Your servant am I, the son of your handmaid; you have loosened my bonds. R.
- A thanksgiving sacrifice I make; I will call on the name of the Lord. My vows to the Lord I will fulfill before all his people. R.
A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews 9:11-15
“The blood of Christ will purify our conscience”.
Brethren: When Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and more perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation) he entered once for all into the Holy Place, taking not the blood of goats and calves but his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption. For if the sprinkling of defiled persons with the blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a heifer sanctifies for the purification of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify your conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred which redeems them from the transgressions under the first covenant.
The word of the Lord.
ALLELUIA John 6:51
Alleluia. R. Alleluia. I am the living bread which came down from heaven, says the Lord; if any one eats this bread he will live forever. Alleluia.
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark l4:l216.2226
“This is my body. This is my blood.”
On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to Jesus, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” And he sent two of his disciples, and said to them, “Go into the city and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the householder, ‘The Teacher says, where is my guest room, where I am to eat the Passover with my disciples?’ And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” And the disciples set out and went to the city, and found it as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover.
And as they were eating, he took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a chalice, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. Truly, I say to you, I shall not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
The Gospel of the Lord.
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Grant your Church, 0 Lord, we pray, the gifts of unity and peace, whose signs are to be seen in mystery in the offerings we here present. Through Christ our Lord.
COMMUNION ANTIPHON Jn6:57
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him, says the Lord.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Grant, O Lord, we pray, that we may delight for all eternity in that share in your divine life, which is foreshadowed in the present age by our reception of your precious Body and Blood. Who live and reign forever and ever.