Exposition may not be held merely to give the Eucharistic blessing.
O Saving Victim
1. O saving Victim, op'ning wide
The gate of heav'n to all below,
Our foes press on from ev'ry side;
Thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.
2. All praise and thanks to thee ascend
Forevermore, blest One in Three;
O grant us life that shall not end
In our true native land with thee. Amen.
Tr. by Edward Caswall, 1814 -1878
1. O salutaris Hostia
Quae caeli pandis ostium:
Bella premunt hostilia,
Da robur, fer auxilium.
2. Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria,
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria. Amen.
Thomas Aquinas, c. 1227-1274
Scripture readings, songs, prayers, silent prayer, and possibly a homily are part of the service.
Humbly Let Us Voice Our Homage
1. Humbly let us voice our homage
For so great a sacrament;
Let all former rites surrender
To the Lord's New Testament;
What the senses fail to fathom,
Let us grasp through faith's consent!
2. Glory, honor, adoration
Let us sing with one accord!
Praised be God, almighty Father;
Praised be Christ, his Son, our Lord;
Praised be God the Holy Spirit;
Triune Godhead, be adored! Amen.
Tr. by Melvin L. Farrell, 1930 -1986
1. Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui
Praestet fides supplementum
2. Genitori, Genitoque
Laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio. Amen.
Thomas Aquinas, c. 1227 - 1274
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus Christ, you gave us the Eucharist as the memorial of your suffering and death. May our worship of this sacrament of your body and blood help us to experience the salvation you won for us and the peace of the kingdom where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
Another prayer may be substituted.
Blest be God. Blest be his holy name. Blest be Jesus Christ, true God and true man. Blest be the name of Jesus. Blest be his most sacred heart. Blest be his most precious blood. Blest be Jesus in the most holy sacrament of the altar. Blest be the Holy Spirit, the Consoler. Blest be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy. Blest be her holy and immaculate conception. Blest be her glorious assumption. Blest be the name of Mary, virgin and mother. Blest be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Blest be God in his angels and in his saints.
THE REAL PRESENCE OF CHRIST IN THE EUCHARIST
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