3. Votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest


Ps 110 (109):4

The Lord has sworn an oath he will not change:
You are a priest for ever, according to the order of Melchizedek.


O God, who for your glory
and the salvation of the human race
willed to establish Christ as the eternal High Priest,
grant that the people he has gained for you by his Blood
may, through their participation in his memorial,
experience the power of his Cross and Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.


First Option
Is 52:13—53:12

He was pierced for or offenses.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

The Lord says:
See, my servant shall prosper,
    he shall be raised high and greatly exalted.
Even as many were amazed at him—
    so marred was his look beyond human semblance
    and his appearance beyond that of the sons of man—
so shall he startle many nations,
    because of him kings shall stand speechless;
for those who have not been told shall see,
    those who have not heard shall ponder it.

Who would believe what we have heard?
    To whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
He grew up like a sapling before him,
    like a shoot from the parched earth;
there was in him no stately bearing to make us look at him,
    nor appearance that would attract us to him.
He was spurned and avoided by people,
    a man of suffering, accustomed to infirmity,
one of those from whom people hide their faces,
    spurned, and we held him in no esteem.

Yet it was our infirmities that he bore,
    our sufferings that he endured,
while we thought of him as stricken,
    as one smitten by God and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our offenses,
    crushed for our sins;
upon him was the chastisement that makes us whole,
    by his stripes we were healed.
We had all gone astray like sheep,
    each following his own way;
but the LORD laid upon him
    the guilt of us all.

Though he was harshly treated, he submitted
    and opened not his mouth;
like a lamb led to the slaughter
    or a sheep before the shearers,
    he was silent and opened not his mouth.
Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away,
    and who would have thought any more of his destiny?
When he was cut off from the land of the living,
    and smitten for the sin of his people,
a grave was assigned him among the wicked
    and a burial place with evildoers,
though he had done no wrong
    nor spoken any falsehood.
But the LORD was pleased
    to crush him in infirmity.

If he gives his life as an offering for sin,
    he shall see his descendants in a long life,
    and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him.

Because of his affliction
    he shall see the light in fullness of days;
through his suffering, my servant shall justify many,
    and their guilt he shall bear.
Therefore I will give him his portion among the great,
    and he shall divide the spoils with the mighty,
because he surrendered himself to death
    and was counted among the wicked;
and he shall take away the sins of many,
    and win pardon for their offenses.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm

Second Option
Heb 10:12-23

By one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Christ offered one sacrifice for sins,
   and took his seat forever at the right hand of God;
   now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.
For by one offering he has made perfect forever
   those who are being consecrated.
The Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying:

   This is the covenant I will establish
      with them after those days, says the Lord:
   “I will put my laws in their hearts,
      and I will write them upon their minds,”

   he also says:

   Their sins and their evildoing
      I will remember no more.

Where there is forgiveness of these,
   there is no longer offering for sin.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, since through the Blood of Jesus
   we have confidence of entrance into the sanctuary
   by the new and living way he opened up for us through the veil,
   that is, his Flesh,
   and since we have “a great priest over the house of God,”
   let us approach with a sincere heart and in absolute trust,
   with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience
   and our bodies washed in pure water.
Let us hold unwaveringly to our confession that gives us hope,
   for he who made the promise is trustworthy.

The word of the Lord.

Ps 40:6ab, 9bc, 10, 11a

℟. (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

How numerous you have made,
   O LORD, my God, your wondrous deeds!
And in your plans for us
   There is none to equal you.

℟. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

To do your will, O God, is my delight,
   and your law is within my heart!

℟. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
   I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.

℟. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Your justice I kept not hid within my heart;
   your faithfulness and salvation I have spoken of.

℟. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Is 42:1

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Here is my chosen one with whom I am pleased,
upon whom I have put my spirit;
he shall bring forth justice to the nations.

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 22:14-20

Do this in memory of me.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

When the hour came,
   Jesus took his place at table with the apostles.
He said to them,
   “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover  with you before I suffer,
   for, I tell you, I shall not eat it again
   until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and said,
   “Take this and share it among yourselves;
   for I tell you(that from this time on
   I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine
   until the kingdom of God comes.”
Then he took the bread, said the blessing,
   broke it, and gave it to them, saying,
   “This is my body, which will be given for you;
   do this in memory of me.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.


Grant us, O Lord, we pray,
that we may participate worthily in these mysteries,
for, whenever the memorial of this sacrifice is celebrated,
the work of our redemption is accomplished.
Through Christ our Lord.

Preface of the Most Holy Eucharist.


℟. The Lord be with you.
℣. And with your spirit.
℟. Lift up your hearts.
℣. We lift them up to the Lord.
℟. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
℣. It is right and just.

Preface I of the Most Holy Eucharist
The Sacrifice and the Sacrament of Christ.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

For he is the true and eternal Priest,
who instituted the pattern of an everlasting sacrifice
and was the first to offer himself as the saving Victim,
commanding us to make this offering as his memorial.

As we eat his flesh that was sacrificed for us,
we are made strong,
and, as we drink his Blood that was poured out for us,
we are washed clean.

And so, with Angels and Archangels,
with Thrones and Dominions,
and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven,
we sing the hymn of your glory,
as without end we acclaim:

Preface II of the Most Holy Eucharist
The fruits of the Most Holy Eucharist.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

For at the Last Supper with his Apostles,
establishing for the ages to come the saving memorial of the Cross,
he offered himself to you as the unblemished Lamb,
the acceptable gift of perfect praise.

Nourishing your faithful by this sacred mystery,
you make them holy, so that the human race,
bounded by one world,
may be enlightened by one faith
and united by one bond of charity.

And so, we approach the table of this wondrous Sacrament,
so that, bathed in the sweetness of your grace,
we may pass over to the heavenly realities here foreshadowed.

Therefore, all creatures of heaven and earth
sing a new song in adoration,
and we, with all the host of Angels,
cry out, and without end we acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.


1 Cor 11: 24-25

This is the Body that will be given up for you;
this is the Chalice of the new covenant in my Blood, says the Lord;
do this, whenever you receive it in memory of me.


We pray, O Lord, that through our partaking in this sacrifice,
which your Son commanded to be offered in his memory,
you may make us together with him
an everlasting oblation to you.
Through Christ our Lord.

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