A Liturgy for Corpus Christi

A Liturgy for Corpus Christi
Thursday 11th June 2020

You can follow this special online meditation for Corpus Christi at your own pace, wherever you are. This evening is an opportunity to reflect on our understanding of God through word and silence of Lectio Divina. We will seek to grow deeper into our knowledge of God.

Try to actively share in the service – join in the words in bold and sing out the hymns. You may not want to stand or kneel as usual but find a comfortable position that helps you and perhaps think about how you hold your hands, maybe holding them palms upwards to offer thanksgiving and to receive God’s love and blessing. May God bless you as we worship Him together.

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Order of Service

The Gathering

The Introduction and Greeting

The Reverend Canon Dr Roland Riem, Vice-Dean & Canon Chancellor

In the name of Christ, I welcome you.
God is Love; and those that abide in love, abide in God,
and God abides in them

The light and peace of Jesus Christ be with you
and also with you.

You then, who truly and earnestly repent of your sins,
and are in love and charity with your neighbours,
and intend to lead a new life,
following the commandments of God,
and walking from this day forward in his holy ways:
draw near with faith,

and make your humble confession to almighty God.
Father, you come to meet us when we return to you:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, you died on the cross for our sins:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Spirit, you give us life and peace:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. 

The Collect

Lord Jesus Christ,
we thank you that in this wonderful sacrament
you have given us the memorial of your passion:
grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries
of your body and blood
that we may know within ourselves
and show forth in our lives
the fruits of your redemption;
for you are alive and reign with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Liturgy of the Word

Canon Andy Trenier, Canon Precentor and Sacrist

Lectio Divina is an ancient Benedictine meditative practice that has been used since the third century. It is a way of experiencing the presence of God through reading holy scripture, meditation, prayer, and contemplation.

As well as helping us to encounter God in this way, Lection Divina, also enables us to learn more about God’s Word. As we reflect on the reading, we begin to pray, which leads to being able to ‘rest in the silence of scripture.’

Sit comfortably to listen to God speaking through the Scriptures.

The Lectio Divina

Each of the three reading of John 6.51-58 is followed by silence and some suggestions for meditation upon the Eucharist.

John 6.51-58

Jesus said to the Jews:

‘I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live for ever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.’

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died.

But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’

The Anthem

Sung by the Boy Choristers of Winchester Cathedral

Ave verum Corpus,
Natum ex Maria Virgine,
Vere passum, immolatum
In cruce pro homine,
Cujus latus perforatum

Unda fluxit sanguine:
Esto nobis praegustatum
In mortis examine.
O dulcis, O pie!
O Jesu Fili Mariae. Amen.

Edward Elgar (1857 – 1934)

The Prayers of Intercession

The Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, Dean.

The Lord’s Prayer

Sung by the Boy Choristers of Winchester Cathedral

The Sending Out

The Blessing and Dismissal

Canon Roland Riem, Vice Dean

Christ, who nourishes us with himself the living bread,
make you one in praise and love,
and raise you up at the last day;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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