Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction

Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Stand: The altar server enters the chapel, followed by the presider carrying the Luna with the Host.

We begin to sing a selected song relating to the liturgical season or the mystery of the Eucharist.

Kneel: While the presider places the Luna with the Host into the monstrance on the altar.

Once the presider has reached the front of the altar and kneels, he will lead all in singing the Salutaris or
some other appropriate Eucharistic song.

O Saving Victim
O saving Victim, op’ning wide To thy great name be endless praise,
The gate of heav’n to man below, Immortal Godhead, One in three.
Our foes press on from ev’ry side; Oh, grant us endless length of days
Thine aid supply, thy strength bestow. In our true native land with thee. (Amen.)

O salutaris Hostia Uni trinoque Domino
Quae coeli pandis ostium: Sit sempiterna gloria,
Bella premunt hostilia, Qui vitam sine termino
Da robur, fer auxilium Nobis donet in patria. (Amen.)

Stand or be Seated: After the presider has incensed the monstrance, he will wait a few minutes
before standing and walking to the ambo to start the reading(s). If the Gospel is to be
proclaimed, the presider will instruct all to stand. Otherwise, all will remain seated during the nonGospel scripture reading(s). This is followed by a short reflection applicable to the reading and
the quiet time of adoration.

Adoration

Kneel or be Seated: After the reading(s) are completed, the presider and altar server(s) will go
to their assigned seating to start their private portion(s) of the adoration/devotion.

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Kneel: Once the individual, private adoration/devotion is completed for the hour, the presider and
altar server will return to the front of the altar. While the presider incenses the monstrance, all
sing the Tantum Ergo (or another appropriate Eucharistic song):

Tantum Ergo
Down in adoration falling To the everlasting Father,
Lo, the sacred host we hail; And the Son who reigns on high,
Lo, o’er ancient forms departing, With the Spirit blest proceeding
Newer rites of grace prevail; Forth from each eternally,
Faith for all defects supplying, Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Where the feeble senses fail. Might, and endless majesty. (Amen.)

Tantum ergo Sancramentum Genitori, Genitoque
Veneremur cernui: Laus et jubilatio
Et antiquum documentum Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Novo cedat ritui Sit et benedicto:
Praestet fides supplementum Procedenti ab utroque
Sensuum defectui. Compar sit laudatio. (Amen.)
All remain kneeling when the Presider says, “Let us pray”:

Lord our God, you have given us the True Bread from Heaven. In the strength of
this food may we live always by your life and rise in glory on the last day. We ask
this through Christ our Lord. (Amen.)

or

Lord Jesus Christ, you gave us the Eucharist as the memorial of your suffering
and death. May our worship of this sacrament of your body and blood help us to
experience the salvation you won for us and the peace of the kingdom where you
live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. (Amen.)

or

Lord our God, in this great sacrament, we come into the presence of Jesus
Christ, your Son. Born of the Virgin Mary and crucified for our salvation.
May we who declare our faith in this fountain of love and mercy
Drink from it the water of everlasting life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. (Amen.)

(or another appropriate prayer may be used)

All remain kneeling while the Presider elevates the monstrance and as all gathered then
recite the Divine Praises.

The Divine Praises

Blessed be God. Blessed be her holy and Immaculate
Blessed be his Holy Name. Conception.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus. Blessed be the name of Mary, virgin
Blessed be his most Sacred Heart. and mother.
Blessed be his most Precious Blood. Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste
Blessed be Jesus in the most spouse.
Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be God in his Angels and in
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. his Saints.
Blessed be the great Mother of God,
Mary most holy. (Amen.)

Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Stand All sign: Holy God We Praise Thy Name (or another appropriate hymn)

Holy God, we praise thy name, Hark the loud celestial hymn
Lord of all, we bow before thee! Angel choirs above are raising!
All on earth thy sceptre claim, Cherubim and Seraphim in unceasing
All in heaven above adore thee. chorus praising
Infinite they vast domain, Fill the heavens with sweet accord
Everlasting is thy reign. Holy, holy, holy Lord.
Infinite thy vast domain, Fill the heavens with sweet accord
Everlasting is thy reign. Holy, holy, holy Lord.

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