A Prayer for the Wheat

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For use on the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Updated 413 days ago

Dear Lord, in many broad fields of this vast country of ours, the wheat is

growing now. Some is still young and green, some is headed out, and all,

before very long, will be golden ripe.

Most of it, dear Lord Jesus, will go to feed the hungry. In countless

loaves of bread and in cereals, it will find its way to tables in city and

country almost all over the world.

Some of it will be used at another table. It will be ground into fine flour

and used to make the hosts, the altar-breads for Holy Mass. Priests will

take it into their anointed hands and pronounce over it the words of

consecration, and it will cease to be ordinary bread, and will become the

Bread of angels. It will look as it did before, but we know and believe

that it will be the Body and Blood, the Soul and Divinity of You, Lord

Jesus Christ, there really present, under the appearances of bread.

O Jesus, bless the broad, rich fields of wheat in our whole land. Protect

them from hail and beating rains, from blight and rust, from windstorms and

drought. Let them be full and rich, so that the hungry may be fed, and may

praise You and thank You as You deserve. And may all the Holy Masses that

will be said with hosts made of this wheat hasten the day when at last

there will be enough reapers working in Your harvest, which is ripe and

ready now, waiting only to be gathered home. Amen.

[from Rural Life Prayer Book, Catholic Rural Life]