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Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Opening Song – Humbly We adore Thee
Humbly we adore thee, Christ, Redeemer King
Thou art Lord of heaven, Thou to whom we sing
God the mighty, thou hast come, bearing gifts of grace
Son of Adam, still thou art, Saviour to our race
Christ at his last supper, breaking bread, decreed:
“This, my Body, take and eat;” heavenly food indeed!
Then He blessed the cup of wine; “Take ye this,” He said:
“Drink the chalice of my Blood, soon for sinner shed.”
Now with glad thanksgiving, praise Christ glorified;
He in us is present; we in him abide.
Members of his body, we in him are one;
Hail this sacred union, heaven on earth begun!

Scripture Reading: Jn 17:6-19

[After Jesus had washed his disciples’ feet, he said to them,] “I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one. While I was with them, I protected them in your name that you have given me. I guarded them, and not one of them was lost except the one destined to be lost, so that the scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to you, and I speak these things in the world so that they may have my joy made complete in themselves. I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”

Reflection Questions

  1. When have I felt the presence of Jesus in my life?
  2. How have I been influenced by the values of the world?

Reflection Hymn O God You Search Me
O God, you search me and you know me.
All my thoughts lie open to your gaze.
When I walk or lie down, you are before me:
Ever the maker and keeper of my days. 

You know my resting and my rising.
You discern my purpose from afar,
and with love everlasting you besiege me
In every moment of life or death, you are.

Before a word is on my tongue, Lord,
you have known its meaning through and through.
You are with me beyond my understanding:
God of my present, my past and future too. 

For you created me and shaped me,
gave me life within my mother’s womb.
For the wonder of who I am, I praise you:
Safe in your hands, all creation is made new.

Intercessions

  1. Lord, how often have I forgotten that you are constantly watching over me, guiding me, and protecting me. I have allowed my own anxieties and insecurities get the better of me. Help me to be aware of your love for me always. (Response: Lord, I love You!)
  2. Lord, how often have I forgotten your words to me. I have allowed myself to be influenced by others instead of resting in your love for me. Help me to be aware of your love for me always. (Response: Lord, I love You!)
  3. Lord, how often have I forgotten that you have suffered and died to sanctify me and make me holy. I have allowed myself to indulge in my own selfish thoughts and actions. Help me to be aware of your love for me always. (Response: Lord, I love You!)
  4. Lord, how often have I forgotten to live in your joy. I have allowed myself to chase the fleeting happiness of the world. Help me to be aware of your love for me always. (Response: Lord, I love You!)
  5. Lord, how often have I forgotten that I come from you and belong to you. Everything that I have comes from you. Help me to be aware of your love for me always. (Response: Lord, I love You!)

Benediction
Tantum Ergo
Down in adoration falling
this great sacrament we hail.
Ancient types have long departed,
Newer rites of grace prevail.
Faith for all defects supplying,
where the feeble senses fail.
Glory let us give and blessing,
To the Father and the Son.
Honour, might and praise addressing
While eternal ages run.
Equal praise to thee confessing
Who proceeds from both as One.
Amen.

Celebrant: You have given them bread from heaven.
All: Having in itself all delight.

Celebrant:  Let us pray.
O God, in this wonderful Sacrament,
You have left us a memorial of Your Passion.
We ask You to enable us, so to worship the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood, that we may constantly feel in our lives the effects of Your Redemption.
You who live and reign for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

Divine Praises
Blessed be God.
Blessed be his holy name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be his most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be his most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.

Closing Hymn – Your words are Spirit and Life
Refrain: Your words are Spirit and Life, O Lord
Richer than gold, stronger than death
Your words are Spirit and Life, O Lord
Life everlasting

God’s law is perfect, refreshing the soul
Reviving the weary spirit
God’s rule can be trusted: bringing us wisdom
Bringing God’s wisdom to birth

God’s precepts keep us, their purpose is right
They gladden the hearts of people
God’s command is so clear, it brings us new vision:
Bringing God’s light to your eyes.