BENEDICTION OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT
OF CHRIST’S BODY AND BLOOD
Priest: Blessed [+] is our God, now and always and unto ages of ages..
While the Priest incenses the Eucharist, the community prays:
Let the Church Triumphant be present, and all the holy angels. Let them stand here with us before their Creator and God, deeply worshiping Him who is most good, Jesus. He who is feared by the Cherubim is present now, in an invisible manner, hidden under the sensible species. We see Him, and we see Him not, for He is the visible and invisible God. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! Glory to You, O Lord!
Priest: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! Glory to You, O Lord!
People: O, our God and our Hope, glory to You!
While the people are chanting the last Alleluia, the Priest incenses. At the end of the chanting, the Priest blesses with the covered holy Host, saying:
Priest: May God the Father bless you, + He who saved us through the Incarnation of His beloved Son.
Priest: May God the Son bless you, + He who gave us the admirable Sacrament of His love.
Priest: May God the Holy Spirit bless you, + He who made us holy by His awe-inspiring descent.
Priest: Glory to the holy, consubstantial, life-giving and indivisible Trinity, now and always and unto ages of ages.
The Priest places the covered Host on the holy table and inceses it while the community prays the following:
It is a tremendous miracle to see God taking flesh and becoming man, and an even greater miracle still to see Him suspended on the cross. But the highest of all miracles, O Christ our God, is your ineffable presence under the mystic species. Truly You did institute, through this great Sacrament, a remembrance of all your marvels. How merciful of You, O God, to give Yourself as food to those who love and are in wonder before You! To recall your covenant forever, and to remember your passion and your death until the day of your glorious coming! Let us, O Faithful, receive our food and our life, our King and our Savior, and cry out: “Save, O Lord, those who worship your glorious and venerable presence.”
The Priest replaces the Eucharist in the tabernacle while the community prays the Hymn to Christ in the Holy Eucharist:
People: Christ, having loved his own, loved them until the end and gave them His body and blood as food and drink. Therefore, let us adore them with veneration and say with fear: “Glory to your presence, O Christ! Glory to your compassion, glory to your condescension, O You who alone are the Lover of Mankind!”
Priest: Glory to You, our God! Glory to You! O Christ, our true God, O You who gave us Your body and blood as food and drink for our salvation, through the intercession of your Mother all-pure, our fathers and all the saints, have mercy on us and save us! Amen.
All: Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, O Lord, Jesus Christ, our God, have mercy on us and save us. Amen.