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V. Thou hast given them bread from heaven,

R. Replenished with all sweetness and delight.


DEUS qui nobis, sub sacramento mira

bili, passionis tuæ memoriam reliquisti: tribue, quæsumus, ita nos corporis et sanguinis tui sacra mysteria venerari, ut redemptionis tui fructum in nobis jugiter sentiamus. Qui vivis et regnas in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.

(The same in English.)

O God, who has left us in this wonderful Sacrament a perpetual memorial of Thy passion: grant us, we beseech Thee, so to reverence the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood, that we may continually find in our souls the fruit of Thy Redemption: Thou who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.

After the priest has sung this prayer, the white veil is laid over his shoulders, and he then mounts the steps of the altar, and taking in his hands the monstrance which contains the BLESSED SACRAMENT, gives the Benediction by making with it over the Congregation the sign of the cross. At this time kneel more profoundly than before, to receive this divine blessing of your Saviour, and say:

Adoremus in æternum sanctissimum Sacramentum. Three times. Or,

Sweet Sacrament, we Thee adore,
Oh, make us love Thee more and more.


Blessed be His holy name.

Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true


Blessed be the name of Jesus.

Blessed be Jesus in the most holy sacrament of the altar.

Blessed be the great mother of God, Mary most holy.

Blessed be her holy and immaculate conception.

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.

Indulgence: One year for every time it is said.

The Psalm Laudate Dominum omnes gentes is usually sung after Benediction.

PSALM 116.

Laudate Dominum omnes gentes:* laudate eum omnes populi.

Quoniam confirmata est super nos misericordia ejus:* et veritas Domini manet in æternum.

Gloria Patri, etc.


HONOR the priest. Who received your soul as it entered on its spiritual life by baptism?-The priest. Who nourished it and gave it strength on its pilgrimage? The priest. Who will prepare it to go before God? The priest—always the priest. And if the soul should die by sin, who will call it back to life and give it rest and peace?— Again the priest. Can you remember a single gift of God without seeing by its side a priest? Of what use would be a house of gold if you had no one to open the door for you? The priest has the key of the treasures of Heaven. He opens the door; he distributes the gifts of God. If you went to confession to the Blessed Virgin or to an angel, could they absolve you?-No. Could they give you the Body and Blood of Jesus?No.

The Blessed Virgin could not call her Divine Son down into the Host, and were a thousand angels to exert their power they could not absolve you from one venial sin. But a priest, no matter how humble he be, can do these. He can say to you, "Go, your sins are forgiven you." (Curé d'Ars.)

Pray for the priest.



GOD and Father! behold Thy poor wayward child kneeling Wearied of the world and sin, I come to Thee for grace and peace.

before Thy altar.

Pity my weakness, and teach me to pray. Put Thy words into my mouth, for behold, Lord God! I am a child and cannot speak.

In the Holy Mass which now begins, Thy son shall plead for me. With Him I adore Thee, with Him I thank Thee for all Thy gifts; through Him I beg for pardon of my sins and grace to do Thy holy will.

Accept then, O God, this sacrifice which I offer Thee to-day, of our Saviour and Thy Son. For His sake hear my prayer and let my cry come unto Thee.

Sweet Mother of Jesus, stay beside me while this mass is going on, and keep my thoughts on God alone.

Help me to be pious, attentive and devout, that I may gain the fruits of this great sacrifice.


Lord have mercy on us.
Christ have mercy on us.
Lord have mercy on us.


While the priest says the Credo, all stand and recite aloud


BELIEVE in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible. And in one Lord Jesus. Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God of God: Light of Light: true God of true God; begotten, not made; consubstantial with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who for us men, and for our salvation,

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