BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST   Lectionary #168

Emerging in the thirteenth century in response to attacks on the real presence of Christ in the Sacrament, this feast was first celebrated in 1247; it was added to the general calendar in 1264. From the late fourteenth century, the most conspicuous aspect of this feast has been a procession with the reserved Sacrament that followed Mass, probably modeled on the Palm Sunday procession in England, in which the Sacrament was carried to represent Christ the King. In Germany it became associated with a petition for good weather, and the procession included four stations at which the Sacrament in the monstrance was offered in blessing in the four directions.

Today’s readings focus our attention on the “blood of the covenant” and, therefore, on Christ’s redeeming presence among us as the new sign of the covenant (and under the form of wine).

Music Suggestions

Choral Anthems

Music Suggestions

Exodus 24:3-8. The covenant which God offers is a matter of life and death. Once they hear the words, understand them, and commit themselves to the covenant, Moses sprinkles the people with “the blood of the covenant.” This ritual gesture suggests that violation of the covenant brings death; it is also a reminder that all of life is in God’s hands because it was believed that life itself resided in the blood.

Psalm of the Day: Ps (115) 116
This song of thanksgiving, originally sung by a grateful individual, has become the song of the Church as it takes up the cup of salvation in the Eucharist to give thanks to God.

El Cáliz de la Bendición (Florián)  Cantos 74
El Cáliz Que Bendecimos (Palazón)  FYC 254
El Cáliz Que Bendecimos/Our Blessing Cup (Cortez)  FYC 253
I Will Take the Cup of Salvation (Alstott)   BB
I Will Take the Cup of Salvation/Alzaré la Copa de la Salvación (Cortez)   JS 89
I Will Take the Cup of Salvation (Guimont)   GC2 984/LPMG 168
I Will Take the Cup of Salvation (Hunstiger)   SS
I Will Take the Cup of Salvation (Isele)  CBW 112
I Will Take the Cup of Salvation (Janco)   PMB 641/PRM B70/WC 667/WS
I Will Take the Cup of Salvation (Murray/Gelineau)  WOR 863/RS 153/LPGG 868
I Will Take the Cup of Salvation (Schiavone)   JS 946/LP 90
Our Blessing Cup/El Cáliz que Benedicimos (Alonso)   GC2 61
Our Blessing Cup (Haugen) WOR 1151/GC2 63/PCY1 33/SS
Our Blessing Cup (Weckler)   PMB 167/WC 438/WS
Raise the Cup of Salvation    PSL B-202/SS
Song of Thanksgiving (Joncas)  GP 229
The Blessing Cup Which We Bless (Rochard)  LMGM 516
The Cup of Salvation (Hurd)   MI-BB
The Name of God (Haas) RS 152/GC 110/GC2 62

Hebrews 9:11-15. Written after the destruction of the Temple (70 ce), this letter “spiritualizes” Temple ritual and applies it to Christ. Here, Christ is presented as the high priest entering the Holy of Holies, not by offering purification sacrifices but by offering himself—“his own blood”—which purifies himself as well as all who share in the “new covenant.”

Sequence: Lauda Sion

Unlike the sequences for Easter Sunday and Pentecost, this sequence is optional. If used, it may best be used as a processional piece accompanying the movement of the Gospel Book through the congregation. People planning to use this sequence should note how very long it is; they might consider using the shorter form which begins with the verse “Lo! the angel’s food is given.” The Canadian Catholic Book of Worship III has a reworking of the text set to the Pange Lingua tune (#693), and the chant for the short form (“Ecce Panis”) is in the Liber Cantualis. A setting of the short form of the sequence is available in By Flowing Waters (Paul Ford, The Liturgical Press), 207. The following versions of the hymn may be used in their entirety or shortened by comparing the texts with the one found in the Lectionary.
Laud, O Zion   JS 473/BB/PRM B
Praise, O Zion, Voices Raising   WC 651/PMB 319

Mark 14:12-16, 22-26. In Mark’s version of the Last Supper, the words over the cup are far more extensive than the words over the bread, since in this version Jesus evokes the prophetic image of the messianic banquet, celebrated with new wine “in the kingdom of God.”

Songs for the Liturgy

Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (2)  WOR 737/WC 721/CBW 426/GP 419/LMGM 67/MI‑BB/RS 914/GC 853/GC2 826/JS 477/PMB 352/WS/SS
Amén. El Cuerpo de Cristo (G)   JS 824/MI-BB
*As He Gathered at His Table (G)   HG 120
As We Remember (2)  GC 818
At the Lamb's High Feast (1,2,G)  WOR 459, 460/CBW 375/BB/RS 578/GC 433/GC2 463/WC 564/JS 424/GP 394/PMB 271/WS/SS
Bless the Feast (1,G) GP 532
Bread of Life from Heaven/Pan de Vida Eterna (G)   GC2 803/SS
By Gracious Powers, v 3 (Ps)  WOR 577
Come and Eat This Bread (G)   GC2 831/SS
Come to the Banquet – Chepponis (G)   GC2 810/SS
*Do This in Remembrance of Me (G)  WC 641
Draw Near and Take the Body of Your Lord (2)  WOR 732/BB/WC 624/JS 472/GC2 829/PMB 293/WS
Eat This Bread (G)  RS 928/WOR 734/GC 838/GC2 806/CBW 602/WC 642/MI‑BB/WS/SS
Fill My Cup, Lord (1,Ps)  MI‑BB
Gift of Finest Wheat, v 3 (E,G)  WOR 736/MI‑BB/GP 525/CBW 603/LMGM 136/WC 640/RS 912/GC 815/GC2 816/JS 803/PMB 300/WS/SS
Give Thanks and Remember (2)   PMB 315/WC 656/WS
Halleluya! We Sing Your Praises (C)  RS 692/GC 562/GC2 529/PMB 482
I Am the Bread of Life/Yo Soy el Pan de Vida, v 3 (G)  WOR 738/MI‑BB/CBW 569/LMGM 133/RS 931/GC 828/GC2 822/WC 633/WS/SS
I've Just Come from the Fountain  LMGM 110
Jesus, Lamb of God (G)   JS 804
Jesus, Wine of Peace (2,G)  GC 817/GC2 804
Let Us Break Bread Together, v 2 (G)  LMGM 135/WOR 727/GP 505/WC 627/RS 911/GC 832/GC2 832/JS 806/PMB 313/MI‑BB/WS
Litany for the Holy Eucharist (1,Ps,2,G) WC 993
Now We Remain (2)  WC 652/MI‑BB/RS 813/GC 694/GC2 696/WS/SS
O Blessed Savior (G) PMB 308/WC 647
O Lord, with Wondrous Mystery (G)   PMB 309/WC 648/WS
Our Blessing Cup – Joncas (Ps)    JS 91/GP 257/MI‑BB
Pan de Vida (G)  MI‑BB/RS 909/GC 848/GC2 811/WC 649/JS 813/GP 500/WS/SS
Priestly People, v 8 (2)   PMB 383/WC 761/WS
Receive in Your Heart (G)  WC 653
Remember Me (G) WC 654/WS
Song of the Body of Christ/Canción del Cuerpo de Cristo (G)  MI‑BB/GC 847/GC2 807/WC 643/WS
Song of the Lord's Supper (G)  GC 412/GC2 434
*Table Song, v 2 (Ps)  GC 849/GC2 833
*Take and Eat (G)  RS 910/GC 831/GC2 812/CBW 611/WC 660/WS/SS
Take and Eat This Bread (G)  GC 842/GC2 839/WC 645/WS/SS
*The Cup We Bless (Ps) GP 507
*The Lord Provided Israel (E)   IH 34
*This Is My Body (G)   PMB 318/WC 635/WS/PSL B-56/SS
Victory in Jesus (1,G)  LMGM 240
We Come to Your Feast, v 3 (G)   GC 850/GC2 814
*With Finest Wheat (C)   PSL B-201/SS
You Are Our Living Bread, v 2 (1,2,G)  GP 523/GC 819

Songs for Eucharistic Procession and Exposition

Many communities have an outdoor procession and/or a period of Eucharistic exposition as part of their observance of today's feast. Many of the songs listed above could appropriately be sung for such a service.

The following songs which focus on adoration of Christ in the Eucharistic elements are not suitable during the celebration of Mass but are very appropriate for a Eucharistic procession. These songs may also be used at the beginning or end of a period of exposition. 

Adoro Te Devote (Latin/English) WOR 489/WC 999/PMB 540/JS 858/MI-BB/SS
Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All  WOR 488/GC 480/WC 990/PMB 547/SS
Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence  WOR 523/JS 611/CBW 596/WC 659/RS 658/GC 540/GP 694/PMB 306/BB/WS/SS
O Lord with Wondrous Mystery  PMB 309/WC 648/WS
O Sacrament Most Holy  WC 998/PMB 544/WS/JS 856/MI-BB
O Salutaris Hostia (Latin/English)  WOR 757/JS 140/CBW 689/LMGM 81/WC 224/RS 962/GC 887/GP 497/PMB 44/MI‑BB/WS/SS
Pange Lingua  (Latin/English)  WOR 813/WC 550/CBW 68/JS 404, 405, 406/BB/RS 972/GC 407/GP 366/PMB 600/WS/SS
Panis Angelicus (Latin/English)   JS 854/PMB 543/WC 1001/WS/MI-BB/SS
Tantum Ergo  (Latin/English)  WOR 758/CBW 68, 688/LMGM 82/JS 141/WC 227/RS 963/GC 888/GP 366/PMB 45/BB/MI-BB/WS/SS
The Divine Praises   JS 142


Choral Anthems

Title of Anthem, Voicing & Instrumentation Composer/arranger/editor Publisher & edition #
Ave Verum
Ave Verum
Ave Verum
Ave Verum
Ave Verum
Ave Verum
Ave Verum
Ave Verum (SSA)
Ave Verum (SA)
Ave Verum
F. Peeters
Alliance Music Publications
Cantus Quercus Press
E.C.Schirmer & CPDL
Morning Star & CPDL
Cibavit Eos (He Fed Them Also), K. 44 (SATB, Organ/Keyboard, Latin/English) Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus Concordia (from MozartAnthem Book, Vol. I) E
Come, Share the Feast (SAB) Based on a canon by Mozart, W. A./ arr. Hopson, Hal H. Celebrations Unlimited (CU 206) S
Do This in Remembrance of Me (SATB, Keyboard) Purifoy, John Triune Music (10/1095-3) G
Ego Sum Panis Vivus Palestrina CPDL G
Gift of Finest Wheat (SATB, opt. organ) Kreutz, Robert World Library E
How Shall I Repay the Lord? (SATB, Keyboard) Englert, Eugene GIA (G-5202) PS
I Am the Bread of Life (SATB, Keyboard) Lole, Simon GIA (G-4473) C

I Keep the Lord Before Me

Proulx Aureole PS
In Remembrance of Me (SATB, Keyboard, opt. Guitar) Red, Buryl Broadman (0-7673-1568-5) G
Last Supper, The (SATB, Keyboard, opt Guitar and Bass) Pote, Allen Choristers Guild (CGA 532) G
O Bread of Life from Heaven (SATB, opt. keyboard) Isaac, Heinrich/ed. Hopson, Hal H. Carl Fischer (CM-8205) G
O Esca Viatorum   CPDL G
O Esca Viatorum
O Esca Viatorum
O Sacrum Convivium (SAATB)
O Sacrum Convivium (SATB)
O Sacrum Convivium (SATB)
O Sacrum Convivium (SATB)
O Sacrum Convivium
O Sacrum Convivium
O Sacrum Convivium
Tallis, Thomas
Biery, James
Messiaen, Olivier Victoria, Tomasso di/ed.
Tovey, Donald F.
Oxford (TCM 74)
MorningStar (MSM-50-8311)
Durand, S.A. (12.742)
Stainer & Bell/Augener (Laudate Pueri, p. 36)
Pange Lingua Victoria CPDL G
Panis Angelicus
Panis Angelicus (Unison, SA, TB, SATB, Organ/Keyboard)
Panis Angelicus (T-solo, SATB, String(s), opt. Harp)
Panis Angelicus
Panis Angelicus (SATB, a cappella)
Panis Angelicus (SATB, Organ)
Franck, César
Franck, César/arr. Proulx, Richard
Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi/Lee, John
Saint-Saëns, Camille
Various publishers & editions
GIA (G-5572)
GIA (G-2003)
Oxford (Oxford New Anthems, p. 359) & CPDL
S, G
Sacradotes Byrd CPDL  
Tantum Ergo from “Quatre Motets sur des Thèmes Grégorien, Opus 10” (SATB, a cappella) Duruflé, Maurice Durand, S.A. 2
This Do in Remembrance of Me (SATB, Organ) Lovelace, Austin Agape (Hope) (AG 7189) G
Verily, Verily Tallis CPDL G

Very Bread - Sequence

Currie GIA G