Study, Pray, Serve: The Body and Blood of Christ


Here are some of the central themes that we find in the readings for the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

1st Reading – Genesis 14:18-20

  • Melchizedek the king of Salem offers a blessing to Abram along with a gift of bread and wine.
  • Abram gives a tenth of his possessions to the king.

Psalm – 110:1-4

  • “You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.”
  • The Lord reveals his power and appoints his priest.

2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 11:23-26

  • Paul recounts the Last Supper to the people at Corinth as it was told to him.
  • Whenever we eat this bread and drink this cup we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Gospel – Luke 9:11b-17

  • After teaching and healing the crowd, Jesus feeds the 5000.
  • The words – Take, Bless, Break, Give – are identical to the format of the Last Supper.

Mass Readings – The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ


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About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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