Corpus Christi Sunday: 18 June – John 6:51-58 ~ my body / my blood

Corpus Christi Sunday

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you that in this wonderful sacrament you have given us the memorial of your passion: grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries of your body and blood that we may know within ourselves and show forth in our lives the fruits of your redemption; for you are alive and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

“‘Guide Me, Oh Thou Great Jehovah'” – Tabernacle Welsh Baptist Church, Cardiff


Reading: John 6:51-58 (NLT)

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.”

Then the people began arguing with each other about what he meant. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” they asked.

So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.”

“Feast of Corpus Christi” – Holy Land Franciscans (Jun 5, 2012)


Corpus Christi Sunday Intercessory Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ: Thank you for your real presence with us in Word and Sacrament; bless us today that we may be a blessing to others. Lord, hear our prayers –

+ That our faith in your real presence with us may grow stronger through our worship and prayer.
+ That we may regularly receive the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation in remembrance of your sacrificial love.
+ That those who rarely attend worship may be drawn into the community of faith and experience life to the full.
+ That all who are hungry and destitute may be provided for physically and fed spiritually with the Bread of Life.
+ That all who suffer persecution for their faith and dislocation from war and violence may find comfort, safety and support.
+ That fathers, and all who play a father’s role, may reflect your loving-kindness and be rewarded with godly children.
+ That those who have gone before us in faith, especially our fathers, may be raised up at the last day.

God of infinite generosity, you sent your Son to share our burdens and our hopes, to be our life and strength: hear the prayers we offer in his name, who lives and reigns with you, forever and ever. Amen.

“Behold the Lamb” (Communion Hymn) – Stuart Townend


Concluding Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ: Make us one in you by sharing together your most sacred body and blood, that we may also be eternally united with you, the Father, and the Holy Spirit – one God – for ever and ever. Amen.

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

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