Holy Week @ Home: Holy Thursday, April 1
Welcome to Lent @ Home! We believe prayer leads to action - so start your day with us in prayer, then complete the action below. Thank you for journeying with us this Lent!
The Triduum is made up of three days Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Holy Saturday, which Celebrate the last days of Jesus’ life. They are the days which link the end of Lent with the Easter Celebration.
John the Evangelist tells a unique story of the Last Supper. In his version Jesus washes the feet of his Apostles. So symbolic a gesture is this moment in Jesus’ ministry, that every year at this Mass we read this Gospel story and imitate Jesus’ action of service by washing the feet of twelve representatives from the community. This Mass is known as the Mass of the Lord’s Supper because it is the meal at which Jesus instituted the Eucharist by taking the bread and wine proper for the Jewish Seder meal, blessed it and gave it to his Apostles saying it was his body and his blood given for them. It institutes a new sacrifice which anticipates his sacrificial death on the cross and establishes a new covenant.
At the end of the liturgy the tabernacle is emptied and altar stripped. The Eucharist is put in a special place, a chapel of “repose,” where the community is invited to spend time in prayer and keep vigil.
Prayer of the Day
Take a few moments today to watch last week's Stations of the Cross and pray with us. Mark your calendars for Stations of the Cross tomorrow, Friday 4/2, at Cathedral at 6pm! No registration needed. Join us in person (with masks and distancing) or via livestream.
Action of the Day
“Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.” Jn 13:5
Perform an act of service today for someone in your home or neighborhood. Do so with a generous and loving heart.
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Content adapted from Sadlier and Catholic Relief Services resources.