After the last Gospel of the Mass
in the feast of Saint John.
ruleth me: and I shall want nothing.
He hath set me in a place of pasture. He hath brought me up on the water of refreshment.
He hath converted my soul. He hath led me on the paths of justice, for His own name's sake.
For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evils, for Thou art with me.
Thy rod and Thy staff, they have comforted me.
Thou hast prepared a table before me, against them that afflict me.
Thou hast anointed my head with oil: and my chalice
which inebriateth me, how goodly is it!
And Thy mercy will
follow me all the days of my life.
And that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
unto the length of days.
The psalm is followed by the Our Father and a series of versicles. Then the priest
says three prayers:
O holy Lord, almighty Father, eternal God, who didst wish that Thy Son, co-eternal and consubstantial with Thee, should come down from heaven
and be born in the fullness of time
of the most holy Virgin Mary
in order to seek the lost and wandering sheep and carry in back on His shoulders to the fold, and also that He might heal the wounds of him who fell among robbers, pouring in oil and wine; bless and sanctify this wine which Thou hast made from the vine for man's drink, and grant that all those who drink or partake of it in this sacred solemnity
may obtain health of body and soul, and if they be on a journey they may be comforted through Thy grace
and that their journey may be completed successfully. Though the same Christ
our Lord. Amen.
Christ, Thou didst call Thyself the vine and Thy holy apostles
the branches, and Thou didst wish to make a good
vineyard out of all those who love Thee, bless this wine and pour into it the power of Thy benediction, so that all who drink or partake of it, by the intercession
of Thy beloved disciple, the holy Apostle
John, may be freed of every disease and pestilential attack and obtain health of body and soul. Who livest and reignest forever. Amen.
O God, Thou didst create bread for the food of mankind and wine for its drink so that bread might strengthen the body and wine rejoice the heart of men; Thou didst also grant to Thy beloved disciple, Saint John, the grace
of being able to drink the poisoned cup without harm and also of raising from the dead those killed by poison, grant to all who drink this wine the attainment of spiritual joy and everlasting life. Though our Lord Jesus
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Blood of Christ, inebriate me!
Inebriate me with Your Love,
that I may be absorbed in Your interests and Your Will.
Absorbed so as to be unmindful of my ills and petty cares.
Unmindful of weariness and pain,
heartache, and disappointment.
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