Liturgy Planning

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

June 19, 2022

Year C - Lectionary [169]

First Reading

Genesis 14:18-20 | Melchizedek brought out bread and wine.

Melchizedek king of Salem brought bread and wine; he was a priest of God Most High. He pronounced this blessing:

‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, creator of heaven and earth,

and blessed be God Most High for handing over your enemies to you.’

And Abram gave him a tithe of everything.


Psalm 110:1, 2, 3, 4 | You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old. 

You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old. 

  The Lord’s revelation to my Master:

  ‘Sit on my right:

  your foes I will put beneath your feet.’

You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

  The Lord will wield from Zion

  your sceptre of power:

  rule in the midst of all your foes.

You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

  A prince from the day of your birth

  on the holy mountains;

  from the womb before the dawn I begot you.

You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

  The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change.

  ‘You are a priest for ever,

  a priest like Melchizedek of old.’

You are a priest for ever, a priest like Melchizedek of old.

Second Reading

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 | For as often as you eat and drink, you proclaim the death of the Lord.

This is what I received from the Lord, and in turn passed on to you: that on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this as a memorial of me.’ In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’ Until the Lord comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death.

Gospel Acclamation

Sequence | Lauda, Sion

Sing forth, O Zion, sweetly sing

  The praises of thy Shepherd-King,

  In hymns and canticles divine;

  Dare all thou canst, thou hast no song

  Worthy his praises to prolong,

  So far surpassing powers like thine.

Today no theme of common praise

  Forms the sweet burden of thy lays –

  The living, life-dispensing food –

  That food which at the sacred board

  Unto the brethren twelve our Lord

  His parting legacy bestowed.

Then be the anthem clear and strong,

  Thy fullest note, thy sweetest song,

  The very music of the breast:

  For now shines forth the day sublime

  That brings remembrance of the time

  When Jesus first his table blessed.

Within our new King’s banquet-hall

  They meet to keep the festival

  That closed the ancient paschal rite:

  The old is by the new replaced;

  The substance hath the shadow chased;

  And rising day dispels the night.

Christ willed what he himself had done

  Should be renewed while time should run,

  In memory of his parting hour:

  Thus, tutored in his school divine,

  We consecrate the bread and wine;

  And lo – a Host of saving power.

This faith to Christian men is given –

  Bread is made flesh by words from heaven:

  Into his blood the wine is turned:

  What though it baffles nature’s powers

  Of sense and sight? This faith of ours

  Proves more than nature e’er discerned.

Concealed beneath the two-fold sign,

  Meet symbols of the gifts divine,

  There lie the mysteries adored:

  The living body is our food;

  Our drink the ever-precious blood;

  In each, one undivided Lord.

Not he that eateth it divides

  The sacred food, which whole abides

  Unbroken still, nor knows decay;

  Be one, or be a thousand fed,

  They eat alike that living bread

  Which, still received, ne’er wastes away.

The good, the guilty share therein,

  With sure increase of grace or sin,

  The ghostly life, or ghostly death:

  Death to the guilty; to the good

  Immortal life. See how one food

  Man’s joy or woe accomplisheth.

We break the Sacrament, but bold

  And firm thy faith shall keep its hold,

  Deem not the whole doth more enfold

  Than in the fractured part resides

  Deem not that Christ doth broken lie,

  ’Tis but the sign that meets the eye,

  The hidden deep reality

  In all its fullness still abides.

– – – – – –

*Behold the bread of angels, sent

  For pilgrims in their banishment,

  The bread for God’s true children meant,

  That may not unto dogs be given:

  Oft in the olden types foreshowed;

  In Isaac on the altar bowed,

  And in the ancient paschal food,

  And in the manna sent from heaven.

*Come then, good shepherd, bread divine,

  Still show to us thy mercy sign;

  Oh, feed us still, still keep us thine;

  So may we see thy glories shine

  In fields of immortality;

*O thou, the wisest, mightiest, best,

  Our present food, our future rest,

  Come, make us each thy chosen guest,

  Co-heirs of thine, and comrades blest

  With saints whose dwelling is with thee.

Amen. Alleluia.

I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever.

John 6:51


Luke 9:11b-17 | They all ate and were satisfied.

Jesus made the crowds welcome and talked to them about the kingdom of God; and he cured those who were in need of healing.

  It was late afternoon when the Twelve came to him and said, ‘Send the people away, and they can go to the villages and farms round about to find lodging and food; for we are in a lonely place here.’ He replied, ‘Give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they said, ‘We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we are to go ourselves and buy food for all these people.’ For there were about five thousand men. But he said to his disciples, ‘Get them to sit down in parties of about fifty.’ They did so and made them all sit down. Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven, and said the blessing over them; then he broke them and handed them to his disciples to distribute among the crowd. They all ate as much as they wanted, and when the scraps remaining were collected they filled twelve baskets.


Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers


Psalm 145: We Are Fed by the Hand of the Lord
Composer: Kirner, Karen Schneider / Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP

Hymns & Songs

Christ, Be Our Light
Composer: Farrell, Bernadette
Text: Farrell, Bernadette
Publisher: OCP
Eat This Bread
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
God of Day and God of Darkness
Composer: The Sacred Harp
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Halleluya! We Sing Your Praises
Composer: South African traditional
Text: South African traditional
Take and Eat This Bread
Composer: O’Brien, Francis Patrick
Text: O’Brien, Francis Patrick
Publisher: GIA