FEAST OF THE B ODY & BLOOD OF CHRIST (Corpus Christi)

PRIEST: Today as we celebrate this beautiful Feast of Corpus Christi, we lift our voices in thanksgiving and praise for the ‘inestimable gift’ of the Eucharist;  we lift our eyes to gaze upon the awesome presence of our Lord and Saviour in the poverty of bread and wine;  we lift up our hearts to embrace the love whereby God touches the depths of our being.  We are called to allow the Body and Blood of Christ to give us life and to shape and renew our selves and our communities:  let us repent the ways we are not the love of Christ…

READER:      The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Unity and Love:
for all divisions among Christians,
                            for every denial of love in our own hearts

                                             LORD HAVE MERCY …

The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Healing:
for the ways that our touch and our words hurt rather than heal;
                            for the ways our Church excludes rather than welcomes

                                             CHRIST HAVE MERCY …

The Eucharist is the Sacrament of God’s Life-giving:
for the ways we are not life-giving, withholding love and mercy;
excluding others from sacraments, friendship and community

                                             LORD HAVE MERCY …

PRIEST:       May God rain down upon us the Bread of Forgiveness;
                          may Jesus break for us the Bread that heals our brokenness
                                      and liberates freedom and love;
                          may the Spirit draw us into the Unity that reconciles;
                          and bring us all to everlasting life…

                                              AMEN!

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