THE COMMEMORATION OF THE MOST
HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF OUR
LORD JESUS CHRIST, COMMONLY
CALLED THE FEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI
Double of I Class with privileged Octave 2
INTROIT. for Votive Masses only He fed them also with the
finest wheat flour: and with honey from the rock hath he satisfied
them (alleluia, alleluia). Ps. ibid. Sing we merrily unto
God our helper: make a cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob.
V. Glory be.
INTROIT. Cibavit eos. Ps. 81.
He fed them also with the finest wheat flour: and with honey
from the rock hath he satisfied them, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
Ps. ibid. Sing we merrily unto God our helper: make a
cheerful noise unto the God of Jacob. V. Glory be.
O GOD, who in a wonderful Sacrament hast ordained unto us a Memory
of thy Passion: grant us, we beseech thee, so to worship the
sacred mysteries of thy Body and Blood, that we may ever know
within ourselves the fruits of thy redemption. Who livest and
reignest with the Father.
The Epistle. 1 Corinthians 11:23-29
23 BRETHREN: I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered
unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was
betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take,
eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped,
saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye,
as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye
do show the Lord's death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup
of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood
of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that
bread, and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh
damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.
145. The eyes of all wait upon
thee, O Lord: and thou givest them their meat in due season.
V. Thou openest thine hand: and fillest all things living with
Alleluia, alleluia. V. St John 6. My Flesh is meat indeed,
and my Blood is drink indeed: he that eateth my Flesh and drinketh
my Blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. (In Votive Masses
here is added Alleluia.)
In Votive Masses after Septuagesima,
instead of the Alleluia,, and
verse following, is said:
I. From the rising of the sun
even unto the going down of the same my Name shall be great among
the Gentiles. V. And in every place incense shall be offered
unto my Name, and a Pure Offering: for my Name shall be great
among the heathen. V. Prov. 9. Come, eat of my bread and
drink of the wine which I have mingled.
In Votive Masses, in Eastertide,
instead of the Gradual, is said:
Alleluia, alleluia. V. St. Luke 24.
The Lord Jesus was made known unto his disciples in the Breaking
of Bread. Alleluia. V. St John 6. My Flesh is meat indeed,
and my Blood is drink indeed; He that eateth my Flesh, and drinketh
my Blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. Alleluia.
Sion Salvatorem. To be omitted in Votive Masses.
Laud, O Sion, thy Salvation,
Laud with hymns of exaltation
Christ, thy King and Shepherd true:
Spend thyself, his honour raising,
Who surpasseth all thy praising;
Never canst thou reach his due.
Sing to-day, the mystery shewing
Of the living, life-bestowing
Bread from heaven before thee set;
E'en the same of old provided,
Where the Twelve, divinely guided,
At the holy Table met.
Full and clear ring out thy chanting,
Joy nor sweetest grace be wanting
To thy heart and soul today;
When we gather up the measure
Of that Supper and its treasure,
Keeping feast in glad array.
Lo, the new King's Table gracing,
This new Passover of blessing
Hath fulfilled the elder rite:
Now the new the old effaceth,
Truth revealed the shadow chaseth,
Day is breaking on the night.
What he did at Supper seated,
Christ ordained to be repeated
His memorial ne'er to cease:
And, His word for guidance taking,
Bread and wine we hallow, making
Thus our sacrifice of peace.
This the truth to Christians given -
Bread becomes His Flesh from heaven,
Wine becomes His Holy Blood.
Doth it pass thy comprehending?
Yet by faith, thy sight transcending,
Wondrous things are understood.
Yea, beneath these signs are hidden
Glorious things to sight forbidden:
Look not on the outward sign.
Wine is poured and Bread is broken,
But in either sacred token
Christ is here by power divine.
Whoso of this Food partaketh,
Rendeth not the Lord nor breaketh:
Christ is whole to all that taste.
Thousands are, as one, receivers;
One as thousands of believers,
Takes the Food that cannot waste.
Good and evil men are sharing
One repast, a doom preparing
Varied as the heart of man;
Doom of life or death awarded,
As their days shall be recorded
Which from one beginning ran.
When the Sacrament is broken,
Doubt not in each severed token,
Hallowed by the word once spoken,
Resteth all the true content:
Nought the precious Gift divideth,
Breaking but the sign betideth,
He himself the same abideth,
Nothing of His fulness spent.
Lo! the Angel's Food is given
To the pilgrim who hath striven;
See the children's Bread from heaven,
Which to dogs may not be cast;
Truth the ancient types fulfilling;
Isaac bound, a victim willing;
Paschal lamb, its life-blood spilling;
Manna sent in ages past.
O true Bread, good Shepherd, tend us,
Jesu of thy love befriend us,
Thou refresh us, thou defend us,
Thine eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to see;
Thou who all things canst and knowest,
Who on earth such Food bestowest,
Grant us with thy Saints though lowest,
Where the heavenly Feast thou shewest,
Fellow-heirs and guests to be.
The Gospel. St John 6:55-58
55 AT that time: Jesus said
unto the multitude of the Jews: my flesh is meat indeed, and
my blood is drink indeed.
56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in
me, and I in him.
57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father:
so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.
58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your
fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread
shall live for ever.
OFFERTORY. Lev. 21. The priests of the Lord
do offer the offerings of the Lord made by fire and the Bread
of their God: therefore they shall be holy unto their God, and
not profane the Name of their God. (In Eastertide and Corpus
Christi Tide: Alleluia)
SECRET. We beseech thee, O Lord, that like as we in these our oblations
do shew forth in a mystery the unity and concord of thy Church:
so thou wouldest ever mercifully bestow upon her these thy blessings.
COMMUNION. I Cor 11. As often as ye do eat of
this Bread, and drink of this Cup, ye do shew the Lord's death
till he come: wherefore, whosoever shall eat of this Bread, and
drink of this Cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of
the Body and Blood of the Lord. (In Eastertide and Corpus
Christi Tide: Alleluia.)
POSTCOMMUNION. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord: that we who in these outward
tokens have been made partakers of thy most precious Body and
Blood; may after this life be replenished with the fruition of
thy glorious Godhead. Who livest and reignest with the Father.
(Note: Three Feasts in the ancient Church had sung
sequences - Easter, Pentecost, and Corpus Christi. #193/194 is
the proper sequence, though out of place in the Hymnal. Also,
#209 would be a continuation of #6)