Lord Jesus, I have broken today the bread of your Body, and at this altar I drank the chalice of your Blood. It was your passion and death which made this possible. Holy Communion has made me one with you. Accept my thanks for this oneness which makes me holy out of all proportion to my human nature. There is now something of the divine about me. Your coming to me today is a pledge which I have from God of eternal life as a member of God’s heavenly family. Glory be to you, Lord Jesus.
We give you thanks, almighty God, for the life and knowledge which you have made known to us through Jesus your Son. To you be the glory for evermore.
You have created all things for the sake of your name, and have given food and drink for everyone to enjoy, that they may give thanks to you. But to us you have given spiritual food and drink and eternal life, through Jesus your Son. As this broken bread was scattered over the hills and then, when gathered, became one mass, may your Church, in the same way, be gathered from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. For yours is the glory and power through Jesus Christ for evermore.
Above all we give you thanks because you are almighty. To you be the glory for evermore.
The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles.
Most loving Lord Jesus:
May you alone be always my hope, my entire assurance, my riches and my delight,
my pleasure and joy, my rest and tranquility, my sweetness and peace,
my food and refreshment, my refuge and help, my wisdom and treasure;
may my mind and heart be fixed and firm in you,
and in you be rooted for all eternity.
Almighty God, we praise you, and through Jesus Christ we give you thanks in all that we do.
He spoke to us a message of peace, and taught us to live as sisters and brothers.
His message took form in the vision of our ancestors,
as they fashioned a nation where all might live as one.
This message lives on in our midst, as a task for today and a promise for tomorrow.
We thank you, God, for your blessings in the past,
and for all that, with your help, we must yet achieve.
And so with hearts full of love we join the saints today to praise your glory,
in union with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Sacramentary for Mass
O most high, almighty, good Lord God: to You belong praise, glory, honor and all blessing.
Praised be my Lord God with all his creatures, and especially our brother the SUN, who brings us the day and who brings us the night; fair is he and shines with a very great splendor. O Lord, he signifies you to us.
Praised be my Lord for our sister, the MOON, and for the STARS, which he has set clear and lovely in heaven.
Praised be my Lord for our brother, the WIND, and for the AIR and CLOUDS, CALMS and all weather by which you uphold life in all creatures.
Praised be my Lord for our sister, WATER, who is very serviceable to us, and humble and precious and very clean.
Praised be my Lord for our brother, FIRE, through whom you give us light in the darkness; he is bright and pleasant and very mighty and strong.
Praised by my Lord for our mother, the EARTH, which sustains us and keeps us, and brings forth GRASS and divers FRUITS and FLOWERS of many colors.
Praise and bless the Lord, and give thanks to God and serve God with great humility. Amen.
St Francis of Assisi
St Joseph, guardian of Jesus and husband of Mary: you passsed your life in fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Please protect our fathers and all those who trustingly turn to you. You know their hardships and their hopes; they turn to you because they know that you will understand and protect them. You too have known trial, labor and weariness. But even amid the worries of this world, your soul was filled with deep peace, and sang out in true joy through intimacy with Jesus, whom God entrusted to you. Teach us to find Jesus near us, and by the power of your prayers help every family and every place of work to be a place of love, patience and justice.
Pope St John XXIII
O God, I love Thee, I love Thee —
Not out of hope of heaven for me,
Nor fearing not to love and be
In the everlasting burning.
Thou, Thou, my Jesus after me
Did reach Thine arms out dying,
For my sake suffered nails and lance,
Mocked and marred countenance,
Sorrows passing number,
Sweat and care and cumber,
Yes and death — and this for me,
And Thou could see me sinning.
Then I, why should not I love Thee,
Jesus, so much in love with me?
Not for heaven’s sake; not to be
Out of hell by loving Thee;
Not for any gains I see;
But just the way that Thou did me
I do love and I will love Thee:
What must I love Thee, Lord, for then?
For being my King and God. Amen.
St Francis Xavier SJ,
translated by Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ
All below heaven changes: Spring, Summer, Autumn — each has its turn.
The fortunes of the world change: what was high, lies low; what was low, rises high. Riches take wing and flee away. Bereavements happen. Friends become enemies, and enemies friends.
Our wishes, aims and plans change.
There is nothing stable but you, O my God!
You are the center and life of all who change, who trust you as their Father, who look to you, and are content to put themselves into your hands.
John Henry Cardinal Newman
Lord God almighty: Father of your beloved and blessed Son Jesus Christ, through whom you have revealed yourself to us; God of all creation and of the whole race of saints who live under your eyes — I bless you because you have decided to give me this day and this hour for martyrdom, so that I may rise to eternal life both in soul and in body, in virtue of the immortality of the Holy Spirit. Therefore I praise you for everything; I bless you; I glorify you through the eternal and heavenly high priest, Jesus Christ, your beloved Son — through whom be glory to you together with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, both now and for all the ages yet to come. Amen.
Saint Polycarp, died 167 AD, disciple of Saint John the Evangelist
Come, Holy Spirit, almighty Sanctifier, God of love —
who filled the Virgin Mary with grace,
who changed the hearts of the Apostles,
who gave miraculous courage to the Martyrs —
come and make us holy.
Give light to our minds, give strength to our wills.
Purify our conscience, rectify our judgment
and set our hearts on fire. Amen.