Vol: 45, No.34 CORPUS CHRISTI ( B) June 03 2018  
 
THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
ENTRANCE ANTIPHON
He fed them with the finest wheat and satisfied them with honey from the rock. (Ps 81:17)
PENITENTIAL RITE
“I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God, rather than burnt offerings;” these are words of prophet Hosea. God did not want burnt offerings but the people continued to offer blood of sacrificed animals with the hope that God would be pleased with them. It fell on Jesus to change this mindset. Jesus gave indications of it when he cleansed the Temple of Jerusalem where the priests were busy offering animal sacrifices. At the Last Supper there was no slaughtering of goats but Jesus established the Eucharist when he blessed the bread and wine that the disciples had procured. After the death of Jesus the Christians took over the Eucharist as the principal form of their worship. At the altar of the Eucharist we re-enact the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Does the celebration of the Eucharist draw us closer to Jesus our Lord? (Pause)
I Confess to almighty God...
Glory to God...

COLLECT
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. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...
FIRST READING
(After his descent from the mountain, Moses communicates God’s words to the people and the people express their willingness to do all that God commands).
A reading from the Book of Exodus (24:3-8)
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 the 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 of 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.”
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