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Holy Thursday

March 28, 2013

JMJ

Blessed Holy Thursday!

We begin at noon, at the cathedral, as our bishop, our successor to the apostles,
gathers his brother priests to celebrate the Chrism Mass.
At this Mass, chrism,
the perfumed oil which is used to signify the indelible gift of the Holy Spirit
in the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders,
will be consecrated.
As Christ (literally, “the anointed one”) was anointed priest, prophet and king
(see Exodus 29: 1-9, I Kings 19:16, Samuel 10:1, Acts 10:38),
so are Christians–with chrism.
The Oil of Catechumens and the Oil of the Sick will be blessed at this Mass,
and priests will renew their commitment to the ordained priesthood
which Christ instituted on this day when He commanded His first bishops,

Do this in remembrance of Me
~Luke 22:19

Chrism Mass

Entrance Antiphon:
Jesus Christ has made us into a kingdom, priests for His God and Father.
To Him be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect:
O God, who anointed Your Only Begotten Son with the Holy Spirit
and made Him Christ and Lord,
graciously grant,
that, being made sharers in His consecration,
we may bear witness to Your redemption in the world.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Isaiah 61:1-9 (God’s Servant comes to anoint us with us oil of gladness and to name priests of the Lord)
Psalm 89:21-27 “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord”
Revelation 1:5-8 (Jesus made us a royal nation of priests to serve God)
+Luke 4:16-21 (Jesus is God’s Servant, the anointed One)

God has anointed me

empowered me
with consecrated oil
to offer sacrifice to Him,
as priest,
to speak His Word,
as prophet,
and to reign with Him,
as king
within the limits of my life
as laity…

I can sacrifice my trials,
joined to His,
at every Mass.
I can steep my soul
in prayer and study
of His Word
to speak it forth,
and practise
governing
my passions
so that they
submit to Him.

It changes me.

It rocks my world
not only mine,
but those around me
benefit
from what God’s done in me
(and shudder to imagine
what I’d be
left to myself!).

Have you accepted the anointings God wants to give you in the sacraments?
Do you put their meanings into practise in your daily life

The Sacred Triduum

Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

At long last we enter the Sacred Triduum,
literally “three days” that form a single celebration
of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
We see, hear, we smell, we taste, we touch
–we are immersed
in the mysteries of our salvation.
There are significant intermissions in this one celebration, so that we can go home and rest,
but the celebration we begin tonight will not end until Easter Sunday.
This is the culmination, the highest point, of the entire year.
Come, let us worship…

Entrance Antiphon:
We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered.

Collect:
O God, who have called us to participate
in this most sacred Supper,
in which Your Only Begotten Son,
when about to hand Himself over to death,
entrusted to the Church a sacrifice new for all eternity.
the banquet of His love,
grant, we pray, that we may draw from so great a mystery,
the fullness of charity and of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 (the first Passover)
Psalm 116:12-14 “Our blessing-cup is a communion with the blood of Christ”
I Corinthians 11:23-26 (the institution of the Eucharist)
+John 13:1-15 (Jesus washes His disciples’ feet)

This is a night for action.

Don’t let feasting
dull your senses
nor the wine
lull you to sleep.
You need your loins girt,
staff in hand
and sandals on your feet
as those in flight,
for God is on the move!

We must be ready
to move with Him,

leaving slavery behind
to venture forth
into the freedom
of a worship
–tailor-made!–
for such as we.

…for we’re designed for worship!

Not any ritual will do.
But only that one
which God gave us
It’s key that turns the lock,
to open us
and activate
the god-like nature
He created
from the start.

We must re-member Him
as we receive His Flesh and Blood,
by taking on an active sharing
in His life,
His ministry
of making clean,
of setting free,
the ones with dirt upon their feet;
not casting off,
but calling in
those who offend us,
bowing low
to wash their feet.

That’s what He did.
That’s what He does
in us
with priestly dignity.

Have you experienced the freedom of having your life transformed by the liturgy?
Are you ready to move with Jesus?

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