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Assembly Title
Corpus Christi Mass 1

Submitted by
S. Daly

Age Group

To celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi (the Body and Blood of Christ)

Faith Group

The Psalm and Bidding Prayers responses can be written on large sheets of paper and held up at the right time
Bread, grapes for the Offertory procession
Hosts, wine, water, candles, chalice, ciborium, cloths, altar frontal showing a picture of bread and grapes

Time of Year
The Feast of Corpus Christi - May or June depending on the date of Easter.

Other Details
This is written as a Mass for a Catholic school, but could be adapted for other services

HYMN: "This is my Body" by Jimmy Owens and Damian Lundy (Celebration Hymnal for Everyone number 730)

Today is the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, or Corpus Christi. Our bodies need food and drink to grow. Souls also need food and drink, to grow and to live for ever. This food and drink is given to us by God, during Mass. It is the body and blood of his Son, Jesus. This food is the greatest gift we have ever been given. During this Mass, let us pray especially that we may grow to understand this gift from God, more and more.

Father, we can give you only what you have first given to us. Your greatest gift is Jesus, your Son, who shares our lives. Help us to listen to him, and to follow him; for he lives and reigns with you, for ever and ever. Amen.

CHILD - FIRST READING (Deut. 8: 7-10)
This reading is about the Jews and the country God gave them. God provided everything that the Jews would need to live.

"God is leading you to your homeland - and a fine big country it is.
Rivers and streams and springs gush out in the valleys and on the mountainsides. Everywhere there is wheat and barley, grapes and figs and pomegranates and olives and honey. There will be no desert rations here. You won't lack anything ... You will eat as much as you want and thank God for giving you such a wonderful country."
This is the Word of the Lord ...

The response is... "Shout with joy for God is great."

You are the one who sends down the early rain
to prepare the soil for the seeds.
Response ...

You are the one who gathers rain into the rivers
to carry water to the crops.
Response ...

You are the one who gives us gentle showers
to soak into the hard ploughed fields, to soften the earth
and make the plants sprout and grow.
Response ...

You are the one who gives us the harvest,
filling the valley with golden wheat
and fattening the sheep on the green hillsides.
Response ...

Let everyone give thanks to you,
for all your many blessings.
Response ...

CHILD - SECOND READING (1 Cor. 10: 16-17)
This reading is from Saint Paul's letter to the people of Corinth.
He is saying that, in Communion, we are joined to the body and blood of Jesus.

"The cup we use in the Lord's Supper and for which we give thanks to God - when we drink from it, we are sharing in the blood of Christ.
And the bread we break, when we eat it, we are sharing in the body of Christ.
Because there is only one loaf of bread, it means that though there are many of us, we form one body with Jesus."
This is the Word of the Lord ...

PRIEST - GOSPEL (John 6: 51-58)
Jesus said to the Jews,
"I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever The bread I shall give is my flesh, which I give so the world may live."
The Jews started arguing,
"How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
Jesus replied,
"I am telling you the truth, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life. Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him to life on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me and I live in him ... Whoever eats me will draw life from me ... Whoever eats this bread will live for ever."
This is the Gospel of the Lord ...

We need the Bread of Life so that we can be loving and kind like Jesus. Now we are going to pray as he did, for other people and what they need.

1. We think of God the Father, who gave us the Body and Blood of his Son Jesus. May we try to understand this gift more and more.
Lord in your mercy ... (Hear our prayer.)

2. We think of Jesus, who blessed the bread and wine, saying
"Do this in memory of me.". May we think carefully about what we do during Mass, so that we are truly ready to be joined with Jesus in Communion.
Lord in your mercy ... (Hear our prayer.)

3. We think of the children who are about to receive their First Holy Communion. May they continue to receive, helped by their parents, priests and teachers.
Lord in your mercy ... (Hear our prayer.)

4. We pray for people who do not yet know that Jesus is the Bread of Life. May they soon learn that Jesus came to feed ALL mankind.
Lord in your mercy ... (Hear our prayer.)

5. We now pray with Mary, the Bakerwoman. Hail Mary ...

Children present the gifts to the priest and tell the school what they are...

1. We bring one loaf of bread, made with many grains of wheat.
There are many people here, but we are all joined as one community.

2. We bring a bunch of grapes. Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation.

3. We give to you the bread, the wine and the water, which you have first given to us.

HYMN: "Take our Bread" by Joseph Wise (Celebration Hymnal for Everyone number 678)

Father, these gifts of bread and wine are signs of the love which Jesus has for us. We wish to share in that love. We make our prayer through the same Jesus, your Son, who lives and reigns with you, for ever and ever. Amen.


HYMNS: "Echo Our Father" (Songs of the Spirit number 100)
(During Communion) "Love is His Word" by Luke Connaughton (Celebration Hymnal for Everyone number 399)

Father, we thank you for the joy of meeting Jesus, your Son, in this Communion. As he gives himself to us, still, may we give ourselves to you, with him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit; for you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

HYMN: "Give Me Joy in My Heart" (Celebration Hymnal for Everyone number 190)

S. Daly 2000

Last updated 22-7-12.