Holy Thursday 2013
Today is Holy Thursday and the theme that runs through the entire day is one of service or more exactly humble service. This morning in the cathedral the priests con celebrated the Chrism Mass with our bishops. Holy Thursday is all about the priesthood and the institution of the Eucharist on the first Holy Thursday in the upper room. During this morning’s Chrism Mass our priests renewed their commitment to serving the people of god in the parishes and the various chaplaincies that there are. We in our turn were asked to support our priests and our bishops by our prayers.
The evening Liturgy, marks the end of Lent and the beginning of the sacred “Triduum” (“three days”) of Holy Week, which culminates in the Easter Vigil, and concludes at Vespers on the evening of Easter day. The Evening Mass commemorating the Last Supper has, as its theme, service and sacrifice – which are aspects of the same mystery. We see Jesus as one who serves, who gives himself. Just as he gives himself in washing the feet of his disciples, so he gives himself in the bread and wine he takes, blesses and hands to them. And in the same way he will give himself on the cross tomorrow. All these acts of self-giving are the same act – that of the Son of Man who came ‘not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’
The action of the Church that is our action on this night also witnesses to the Church’s respect for Christ’s Body present in the consecrated Host in the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, carried in solemn procession to the Altar of Repose. No Mass will be celebrated again in the Church throughout the world until the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening proclaims the Resurrection that is the light of Christ. In the words of the liturgy let us go forth to meet the Lord in peace and thanksgiving as we celebrate the three days of the Easter Triduum