GOSPEL COMMUNION: The Body and Blood of Christ

June 19 2022 :The Body and Blood of Christ

The paraphrase-antiphon is derived from 1 Cor 11:24-25:

After he had given thanks, he broke it and said,
“This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

which connects well with to the second half of today’s Gospel reading:

While they were eating,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, gave it to them, and said,
“Take it; this is my body.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them,
and they all drank from it.
He said to them,
“This is my blood of the covenant,
which will be shed for many.” (Mark 14:22-24)

Verses from Psalm 23 are superimposed on the first half of the antiphon, so that the repeated “Do this and remember me” at the end of every two lines of the psalm becomes a kind of mantra, enfleshing our obedience to the Lord’s command. The repetition invites those receiving communion to offer up themselves to God and to give themselves to their neighbors.

An extract from the recording on the CD Walk in My Ways will be found here.

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