Corpus Christi Sunday

The Liturgy


As we eat this bread and drink this cup, though many, we are one;
one bread, one cup, one faith, one church, one Lord for evermore.o

Penitential Act:  Lord, have mercy

Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will.

The opening Prayer


The Readings

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 afflictionand 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.”

comment  This passage recalls especially the trials to which the people were exposed at the Exodus —hunger, thirst, fiery serpents, and scorpions—and the provisions that Yhwh made to relieve them: the water from the rock and the manna. Paul himself treated the water from the rock and the manna as types of the two great Christian sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion (


Psalm 115    The blessing Cup that we bless is a communion with Christ.

How can I repay the Lord for his goodness to me?  The cup of salvation I will raise, I will call on his name.
The blessing Cup that we bless is a communion with Christ.

Precious in the eyes of the Lord  is the death of his faithful. Your servant, Lord, your servant I, You have loosened my bonds.
The blessing Cup that we bless is a communion with Christ.

A sacrifice of thanks I make to him, I will call on his name. My vows to the Lord I will fulfill in the assembly of God.
The blessing Cup that we bless is a communion with Christ.

to listen to the Psalm:     Ps 115-gf-mb

2nd reading:  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 loaf.

comment: For Paul the Eucharist binds one not only to Christ but also to one’s neighbours, to the Christian community, with all the responsibilities that entails. 


Gospel Verse: Alleluia, alleluia. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood, says the Lord, will live in me and I in him, says the Lord.   Alleluia, alleluia.


The Gospel 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.”


Todays readings  take us back to the experience of the people of Israel in the desert – the privations they suffered with anxiety and fear, hunger and thirst,  disease and infestation – and to the healing power ofGod seen in the water from the rock and in the ‘bread’ that was manna.     St Paul links that water with Baptism, and he links the manna with the Eucharist – our sharing in that Eucharist makes us one, – one with Christ and also one with each other so that WE are the body of Christ.

In the Gospel the living bread, the new manna, the bread from heaven, is the person of Jesus sent by the Father into the world  and surrendering himself in sacrifice for the people, who can then unite themselves with him in holy Communion. So our Eucharist is not a thing, but an on-going opportunity for us to associate ourselves with his self-giving, and to serve each other as he serves us – to wash each other’s feet in whatever ways are needed, to dry each other’s tears and heal each others wounds, and so to make actual our oneship as the body of Christ, the Church. The Eucharist looks back, but we remind ourselves each time that we celebrate it until the full coming of the Kingdom of God, – as John says in the Apocalypse –  until the Lord comes again and gathers us together at the Banquet of the Lamb.


The Apostles’ Creed  I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

At the words that follow, up to and including the Virgin Mary, all bow.

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,   the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.   Amen.



Intercessions for Corpus Christi Sunday 2020
We pray that the Eucharist may increase our confidence and hope in the coming of the Kingdom of God, when all wounds will be healed, and tears wiped away, and all God’s children, of all races, colours and creeds, will live in peace. Lord, hear us
In this time of the Pandemic, we pray for a deepened sense of community, for good government, and for healing for all who are ill or anxious. Lord, hear us
We join with the prayers of the parish’s fraternity of the St Vincent de Paul Society, for those who are lonely, isolated, sick and in financial distress
that they may feel the love of God reaching out to them at this difficult time. Let us also pray, that we will be able and ready to directly help and support those in need in the near future. Lord hear us
We pray also for the sick and the housebound within our families and community, including Fred Newman, Sean Fitzgerald, Alec Howie, Bessie Malane, Bill Harrison, Jack Rae, Catherine Mulrine, Yvonne Watt,
Rae McVey, John Gibson, Mary Kerr, Eleanor Reid, for those being treated in the local Hospice, and for all who support them. We pray for those who serve the country in the armed forces. Lord, hear us
We pray for those who have died recently including Mary McLellan, Martha McCluskey, David Farrell and Calum Scrimgeour, Denis McKay, Nan Kerr, Peter McBride, Agnes Hinton, Ellen Bradley and Mary Bradley, and Ross and Maureen McKillop.
We pray for those who mourn. For those whose anniversary falls about now including May Browne, Anna McNiffe, Stephen McCann, Margaret Buckley, Jean Buckley, Hugh Wallace, and Mary Coyle Lord, hear us


At Communion: This is the bread come down from heaven; whoever eats of it will never die.
This is the cup of eternalise; whoever drinks of it will live for ever.

After Mass:          May the Lord bless us, and keep us from all harm, and may he lead us to eternal life.


Entry: As we at this bread

Psalm 115: The blessing cup

The GV:  Alleluia, whoever eats

Communion: This is the bread come down