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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Why Do We Celebrate Holy Thursday?

Today is the beginning of the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday) where we recall God's love for us through His suffering, death, and Resurrection. Lent officially ends tonight at the beginning of the Mass. We have arrived at the Sacred Triduum, the very time we have been preparing for by our Lenten observance.

Today is Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday. Lent officially ends tonight at the beginning of the Lord's Supper. Tonight at Mass we remember the Institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper as well as the institution of the priesthood. At Mass the altar is stripped down.  Christ is taken from us.  Beyond He is betrayed!

Likewise, we recall the humility of Jesus when He washed the feet of the disciples at the Last Supper. At Mass the priest will wash the feet of twelve men.  At the very end of the Mass, the priest also takes the Sacred Eucharist and incenses it. He then carries it around to the "altar of repose".  The controversy that has arisen in recent years is whether the feet of women may be washed.  Despite the bad example of some in the Church, it is against the Laws of the Church for the feet of anyone other than Catholic men to be washed.

The Eucharist is only allowed to be displayed until Midnight; after that we arrive at Good Friday, and Our Lord leaves us. Tomorrow is Good Friday and it is the one day in the entire year when no Masses are said in the world. The consecration cannot take place on Good Friday since we remember Our Lord leaving us. That is why I encourage you to stay after Mass, even if it is just ten minutes, and take part in adoration of the Sacred Eucharist.

Remember that there is a Plenary Indulgence available today.

Today we commemorate several important parts in the final hours of Jesus' earthly life:

(1) The eating of the Easter lamb or the paschal meal;
(2) The washing of the disciple's feet;
(3) The institution of the Most Holy Eucharist (the first Mass at which Jesus Christ, the eternal high priest, is the celebrant; the first Communion of the apostles; the first conferring of Holy Orders);
(4) The foretelling of Judas' betrayal and Peter's denials;
(5) The farewell discourse and priestly prayer of Jesus;
(6) The agony and capture of Jesus in the Garden of Olives.


del_button March 28, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Anonymous said...

Just thank you.

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