Readings

Antiphon and Prayer after Communion

Antiphon

Mt 4: 4

One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

Or: Cf. Ps 91 (90): 4

The Lord will conceal you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will trust.


Prayer after Communion

Renewed now with heavenly bread,
by which faith is nourished, hope increased,
and charity strengthened,
we pray, O Lord,
that we may learn to hunger for Christ,
the true and living Bread,
and strive to live by every word
which proceeds from your mouth.
Through Christ our Lord.

[The following Prayer over the People for Lenten Masses is optional]

If they are necessary, any brief announcements to the people follow here. Then the dismissal takes place. The Priest, facing the people and extending his hands, says:

The Lord be with you.

The people reply:

And with your spirit.

The Deacon or, in his absence, the Priest himself, says the invitation:

Bow down for the blessing.

Then the Priest, with hands outstretched over the people, says:

May bountiful blessing, O Lord, we pray
come down upon your people,
that hope may grow in tribulation,
virtue be strengthened in temptation,
and eternal redemption be assured.
Through Christ our Lord.

The people reply:

Amen.

After the prayer, the Priest always adds:

And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you
and remain with you for ever.

The people reply:

Amen.

Then the Deacon, or the Priest himself, with hands joined and facing the people, says:

Go forth, the Mass is ended.

Or:

Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.

Or:

Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.

Or:

Go in peace.

The people reply:

Thanks be to God.

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