Day 1. Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday)
In his love I find the measure of what He expects from mine.
What we celebrate
• Jesus shared the final meal with his disciples, called the Last Supper, on the night before he was crucified (Matthew 26:26-29).
• The Institution of the Holy Eucharist occurred during this meal.
• We also commemorate the Sacrament of Ordination.
• It is also the day when Jesus gave the new mandate: love one another as I have loved you. (John 13:34). The name "Maundy" comes from the Latin antiphon Mandatum Novum, i.e. "a new mandate."
To learn more: http://www.churchyear.net/holythursday.html
Preparing heart, mind and soul for the road...
Prayer by: Monica E. Perez Lopez
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. (Making the sign of the cross)
Dear Lord, from the depths of my being I want to meet you and to accompany your heart in these special days on which step by step you show me your immense and eternal love prepared for me even before I was born.
Let me be with you today and enter your heart so that I can understand more fully and deeply your love for me and for every soul.
Help me Lord, to keep my heart open and willing so that I can understand your message of undying love and forgiveness that sprout from your pain and sufferingin your dolorous passion and to discover in it as well, thestrength and love I need totransform my own life into living presence of your love among my fellow human beings.
Also help me to discover your love in the great gift of the Holy Eucharist, so I can see in it the moment of intimate and perfect union where my soul where my soul meets with you face to face.
I also ask you to help me discover and value the great gift of priesthood and of priests. Make me understand that in them, You also wanted to stay with us closely and to get us through them the graces of your love.
May this day be an oasis for my soul by staying next to you, and today’s meditations, prayers and liturgical celebrations bind me to you in such a way that I might find in your heart inner peace and strength to renew my life and continue by your side at anytime with the certainty of your love.
Jesus talks to you
Read John 13:1-15
Meditation by: Terry Modica
Jesus did not come into this world to be served, although he is God and surely deserves it. He came to serve. He came to serve you. And through you, he wants to serve everyone you know.
After inviting us to sit back and enjoy being served by our wonderful God, Jesus says in today's Gospel passage: "I have given you a model to follow – what I have done for you, you should also do." His foot-washing ceremony is a model of service.
His model is very uncomfortable. It means loving others so much that we do good deeds for them, even for the people we dislike, those whose feet are disgusting.
When we serve those who have not served us the way they should, we unite ourselves to Jesus by becoming Eucharist for them. What does it mean to"become Eucharist"?
First, we walk up to Christ in the communion line responsible for our own conversions, saying, "I am not worthy...", but after we receive the Eucharist, we return to our pews united to Christ.
Communion means "with union."
Today, I will ask Jesus to heal me of my own unwillingness to love unconditionally, considering that if I allow Jesus to wash my feet along with my heart, I will gain a much greater understanding of the love that Jesus has for me every time he washes my ugly feet (my sins), and keeping in mind that even in the darkest times of my life,His love for me is undying and that every single thing he allows in my life is for my own good, I will renew constantly my confidence in his love and wisdom so I may experience Jesus embracing me with passionate love.
I shall remember, that Jesus never gives up on anyone.
My heart beat as one with Jesus’ heart
To unite myself to Jesus, I will be Eucharist for others by serving:
In your personal diary, or in your personal meditation notebook write your resolutions, so you may accomplish them.
To read complete meditation: http://catholicdr.com/calendar/Lent/index.html
You can also meditate:
Read Luke 22:23—34 and 54—62
Meditation by: Ray Gaston
Source: This is Holy Week
Peter seeks to be the perfect disciple. He fails, and is absolutely desolate. But Jesus told him he would betray him. Peter is not ready, or rather it is not necessary for him to make such a stand. He fails to hear Jesus telling him so. Perhaps Jesus’ words should be read as less of a prediction and more as a gentle warning: ‘Don’t do this to yourself, Peter’.
In our disciple ship, are we like Peter, striving to be the perfect disciple? So busy trying so hard, relying on our own resources, that we fail to hear the words of Jesus to us: ‘Do not do this to yourself; it is not what I require’?
Peter’s time came. His faith was tested: we are told in the Acts of the Apostles he had to change his mind and be open to God in a dream. And tradition tells us he was ultimately tested when he too faced crucifixion.
And we too face our own tests of faith. They will come; we don’t need to create them for ourselves. We don’t need to seek to prove we are the perfect disciples. Instead we need simply and prayer fully to be open to the wonder of God’s grace working in us now. God loves us and knows us as we are, and if we let him he will use who we are now to his glory.
O Jesus, stretch forth your wounded hands over your people to heal and to restore, and to draw us to yourself and to one another in love. Amen.
Face to Face with Jesus at Liturgy
For today’s Readings: http://www.catholic.net/DailyGospel
Mandátum novum do vobis dicit Dóminus, utdiligátis ínvicem, sicut diléxi vos: "I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you." (John 13:34)
These are the words spoken by our Lord to His apostles at the Last Supper, after he completed the washing of the feet. We should imitate Christ's humility in the washing of the feet.
By meditating on the Gospels (cf. Matt 26:1 ff.; Mark 14:1 ff.; Luke22:1 ff.; John 13:1 ff.), we can recall to mind Jesus' actions of that day.
There are only two Masses allowed on Holy Thursday — the Chrism Mass and the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper. In each diocese there is a Chrism Mass or Mass of the Holy Oils, usually said in the morning at the cathedral of the diocese. All the priests of the diocese are invited to concelebrate with the bishop. The holy oils to be used throughout the diocese for the following year in the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders and the Sacrament of the Sick are blessed by the bishop at this Mass. This Mass also celebrates the institution of the priesthood.
Mass of the Lord's Supper
During the evening of Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord's Supper is celebrated. It is celebrated in the evening because the Passover began at sun down. There is only one Mass, at which the whole community and priests of the parish participate. This is a very joyful Mass, as we recall the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the priesthood. The priests wear white vestments, the altar is filled with flowers, the Gloria is sung and the bells are rung. After the Gloria, we shall not hear organ music and the bells until the Easter Vigil. The Liturgy of the Mass recalls the Passover, the Last Supper, which includes the Washing of the Feet. The hymn Ubi Caritas or Where Charity and Love Prevail is usually sung at this time. After the Communion Prayer, there is no final blessing. The Holy Eucharist is carried in procession through Church and then transferred into a place of reposition, usually a side chapel. The hymn Pange Lingua is also usually sung at this time.
After the Mass, we recall the Agony in the Garden, and the arrest and imprisonment of Jesus. The altar is stripped bare, crosses are removed or covered. The Eucharist has been placed in an altar of repose, and most churches are open for silent adoration, to answer Christ's invitation "Could you not, then, watch one hour with me?" (Matt 26:40)
The Altar of Repose
When the Eucharist is processed to the altar of repose after the Mass of the Lord's Supper, we should remain in quiet prayer and adoration, keeping Christ company. There is a tradition, particularly in big cities with many parishes, to try and visit seven churches and their altar of repose during this evening.
Popular piety is particularly sensitive to the adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the wake of the Mass of the Lord's supper. It is necessary to instruct the faithful on the meaning of the reposition: it is an austere solemn conservation of the Body of Christ for the community of the faithful which takes part in the liturgy of Good Friday and for the viaticum of the infirmed. It is an invitation to silent and prolonged adoration of the wondrous sacrament instituted by Jesus on this day.
After mid-night on Holy Thursday, the adoration should conclude without solemnity, since the dayof the Lord's Passion has already begun.
— Directory on Popular Piety
Washing of Feet and a Seder Meal
In imitation of Christ's last supper, many Christians prepare a seder meal or the pasch. Celebrating a paschal meal helps us comprehend the plan of redemption. We see the lamb, cooked whole, with no bones broken, fore shadowing the death of Christ, the Lamb of God. We eat the unleavened bread and recall to mind the Eucharist. We eat the whole meal in prayerful reminder of that Last Supper that Jesus spent with His apostles, His friends, instituting Holy Orders and leaving His greatest gift, the Holy Eucharist.
A typical paschal meal includes the roast lamb, bitter herbs, haroset, matzoh and wine. The meal can be as authentic or representative as desired. There are numerous sources, both Christian and Jewish, that can give recipes, prayers and procedure for an authentic paschal feast.
Bringing my family closer to Jesus’ heart
Source: Women for Faith & Family
“When you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the Lord's death, until He comes again.” (I Corinthians11:26)
We have prepared a Christian adaptation of a Passover Seder, simple enough for use in families with young children. This special meal stresses the Christian significance of elements of the traditional Jewish Passover meal (seder) as it may have been celebrated in our Lord's time. It is neither a re-enactment of the Last Supper, nor a Jewish service. But we believe this festive family meal can be a very expressive way of helping young children to understand more about the historic origins of their faith as well as the importance of this day of Holy Week. (This is in the full edition of the Family Sourcebook for Lent and Easter. You may make photocopies of the service so everyone can have one.)
Maundy Thursday's emphasis on ritual washing also gave rise to the ancient tradition of spring cleaning, evidently related to the Jewish custom of ritually cleaning the home in preparation for the Feast of Passover. Everything was to be cleaned and polished in preparation for the Easter celebration. You can tell children about this tradition and ask to them to clean their rooms in order to observe Maundy Thursday. (Be sure to let us know if this works!)
Adults and children who are old enough to accompany their parents can return to Church after Mass for a period of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. If this is not possible, candles can be lighted and special prayers could be said after returning home from Mass and before bedtime. To give you some ideas, on the Stations of the Cross page we have included suggestions for a family observance of the Stations (also known as Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross) as a form of Tenebrae.
For Recipies and to learn more: http://www.wf-f.org/HolyThurs.html
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