Thursday after the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity
First Class with a privileged Octave of the second Order
Entrance Hymn: Ps. lxxx: 17
He fed them with the finest wheat alleluia! and filled them with honey from the rock, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! [Ps.] Sing joyfully to God, our helper, sing aloud to the God of Jacob. Glory be.... He fed them....
O God, we possess a lasting memorial of Thy passion in the wondrous sacrament. Grant that we may So venerate the mysteries of Thy Body, and Blood, that we may always feel within ourselves the effects of Thy redemption; Thou who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God world without end. Amen.
Epistle: 1 Corinthians xi: 23-29
A reading from the Epistle of Blessed Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians.
Brethren: I myself received from the Lord (what I also delivered to you), that the Lord Jesus, on the night in which He was betrayed, Took bread, and giving thanks broke, and said, "Take and eat. This is My Body which shall be given up for you; do this in remembrance of Me." In like manner also the cup, after He had supped, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My Blood. Do this, as often as you drink It, in remembrance of Me. For as often as you shall eat this Bread and drink the Cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until He comes." Therefore, whoever eats this Bread or drinks this Cup unworthily, will be guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself, and so let Him eat of that Bread and drink of the Cup; for he who eats and drinks unworthily, without distinguishing the Body of the Lord, eats and drinks judgment to himself.
Gradual: Ps. cxliv: 15-16
The eyes of all look hopefully to Thee, 0 Lord, and Thou givest
them food in due season. Thou openest Thy hand, and fill every living
creature with blessing.
Sequence: Lauda Sion
Praise, O Sion, praise the Savior,
Gracious theme of mortal singing,
Sing His praise with voice sonorous;
At the new King's sacred table
And as He has done and planned it--
In faith thus strong the Christian hears:
Yes, beneath the species dual
He who eats of It can never
Good and bad, they come to greet Him:
When at last the bread is broken,
Bread of angel spirits, hail!
O Good Shepherd, all confessing
Gospel: John vi: 56-59
+ The continuation of the Holy Gospel according to John:
At that time, Jesus said to the crowds of the Jews; "My Flesh is food indeed, and My Blood is drink indeed. He who eats My Flesh, and drinks My Blood, abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father has sent Me, and as I live because of the Father, so he who eats of Me, he shall live because of Me. This is the Bread that has come down from heaven not as your fathers ate the manna and died. He who eats this Bread shall live forever.
Offertory: Leviticus xxi: 6
The priests of the Lord offer incense and loaves to God; therefore they shall be sacred to their God, and shall not profane His name. Alleluia
O Lord, graciously bestow upon Thy Church the gifts of unity and peace, which are symbolized in this sacrifice we offer Thee. Through our Lord Jesus Christ....
Communion Hymn: 1 Corinthians xi: 26-27
For as often as you shall eat this Bread and drink the Cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until He comes." Therefore, whoever eats this Bread or drinks this Cup unworthily, will be guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord. Alleluia!
O Lord, grant, we beseech Thee, that we may enjoy the eternal presence of Thy divinity; foreshadowed by our earthly reception of Thy precious Body and Blood; who liveth and reigneth with God the Father....