John 6: 51-58.
Deuteronomy 8: 2-3, 14B-16A.
Moses said to the people: "Remember how for forty years now the LORD, your God, has directed
all your journeying in the desert, so as to test you by affliction and find out whether or not it
was your intention to keep his commandments. He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger, and then
fed you with manna, a food unknown to you and your fathers, in order to show you that not by bread
alone does one live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD.
"Do not forget the LORD,
your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery; who guided you through
the vast and terrible desert with its saraph serpents and scorpions, its parched and waterless
ground; who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock and fed you in the desert with manna, a
food unknown to your fathers."
Psalm 147: 12-13, 14-15, 19-20.
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem. or: R.
the LORD, O Jerusalem;
praise your God, O Zion.
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates;
he has blessed your children within
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem. or: R. Alleluia.
He has granted peace in your borders;
with the best of wheat he fills you.
He sends forth his command to the
R. Praise the Lord, Jerusalem. or: R. Alleluia.
He has proclaimed his word to Jacob,
his statutes and his ordinances to
He has not
done thus for any other nation;
his ordinances he has not made known to them. Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord,
Jerusalem. or: R. Alleluia.
1 Corinthians 10: 16-17.
Brothers and sisters: The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the
blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because
the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one
Sequence - Lauda Sion.
Laud, O Zion, your salvation,
Laud with hymns of exultation,
Christ, your king and shepherd true:
Bring him all the praise you
He is more than
you reach his due.
theme for glad thanksgiving
Is the quick'ning and the living
Bread today before you set:
From his hands of old partaken,
As we know, by faith unshaken,
Where the Twelve at supper
clear ring out your chanting,
Joy nor sweetest grace be wanting,
From your heart let praises burst:
For today the feast is holden,
When the institution olden
Of that supper was
new law's new oblation,
By the new king's revelation,
Ends the form of ancient rite:
Now the new the old effaces,
Truth away the shadow chases,
Light dispels the gloom of
did at supper seated,
Christ ordained to be repeated,
His memorial ne'er to cease:
And his rule for guidance taking,
Bread and wine we hallow, making
Thus our sacrifice of
truth each Christian learns,
Bread into his flesh he turns,
To his precious blood the wine:
Sight has fail'd, nor thought conceives,
But a dauntless faith
Resting on a
beneath these signs are hidden
Priceless things to sense forbidden;
Signs, not things are all we see:
Blood is poured and flesh is broken,
Yet in either wondrous token
Christ entire we know to
this food partakes,
Does not rend the Lord nor breaks;
Christ is whole to all that taste:
Thousands are, as one, receivers,
One, as thousands of believers,
Eats of him who cannot
good the feast are sharing,
Of what divers dooms preparing,
Endless death, or endless life.
Life to these, to those damnation,
See how like participation
Is with unlike issues
sacrament is broken,
Doubt not, but believe ‘tis spoken,
That each sever'd outward token
doth the very whole contain.
Nought the precious gift
the sign betides
still the same abides,
still unbroken does remain.
The shorter form of the sequence begins here.
Lo! the angel's food is
To the pilgrim
who has striven;
the children's bread from heaven,
which on dogs may not be spent.
Truth the ancient types fulfilling,
Isaac bound, a victim willing,
Paschal lamb, its lifeblood
manna to the
bread, good shepherd, tend us,
Jesu, of your love befriend us,
You refresh us, you defend us,
Your eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to
all things can and know,
Who on earth such food bestow,
Grant us with your saints, though lowest,
Where the heav'nly feast you
Fellow heirs and
guests to be. Amen. Alleluia.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 6: 51-58.
Jesus said to the Jewish crowds: "I am
the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the
bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world."
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this
man give us his flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the
flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh
and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true
food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in
him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who
feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your
ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever."