A litany for the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

BY PATRICIA SANCHEZ

A litany to help you reflect on the Feast of the Most Body and Blood of Christ

Body and Blood of Christ, incarnate Word of God, come to live among us. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, broken and poured out for the salvation of humankind. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, through whom a new and everlasting covenant has been forged. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, whose once-for-all perfect sacrifice has replaced and obviated every other sacrifice. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, broken and shared with sinners who hunger for forgiveness. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, risen in glory as the pledge of our eternal inheritance. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, broken and suffering from hunger and malnutrition. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, wounded, maimed and slaughtered by war. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, whose helpless members are abused and neglected. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, whose civil rights are denied by unjust governments. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, denied the freedom to immigrate in search of a better life. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, suffering from the burden of AIDS and the added burden of the ignorant and judgmental attitudes of others. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, from whose pleading eyes and outstretched hand I avert my eyes and close my wallet and heart. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, belittled and abased by ethnic jokes and racial slurs. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, addicted to alcohol or drugs. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, punished but not rehabilitated within the prison system. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, denied child support by negligent and absentee parents. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, suffering the loss of memory, mind and personality because of Alzheimer’s disease. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, whose mental and physical challenges are misunderstood or ignored. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, affronted by a media peddling false values, brutal violence and perverted sexuality. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, denied proper medical care for monetary reasons. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, whose members outlive their insurance policies and are left to fend for themselves. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, whose fixed income requires a daily choice between food and medicine. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, unemployed and on welfare. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, whose legal needs are poorly attended because of an inability to pay exorbitant fees. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, lonely and isolated by illness. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, whose pain and tears, whose needs and fears are my responsibility. . . Amen!
Body and Blood of Christ, who is Saviour and Lord, mother and brother, sister and father, friend and neighbour to me. . . Amen! Amen! Amen!

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