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Holy Thursday

April 2, 2015

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 & 16:1-13, 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 for the Mid-day Chrism Mass:
Isaiah 61:1-9 (The Lord anointed me to bring glad tidings to the lowly)
Psalm 89:21-22, 25-27 “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord”
Revelation 1:5-8 (Christ has made us into a Kingdom, priests for His God and Father)
+Luke 4:16-21 (The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me)

The Lord commissions priests
as holy heroes
,
sent to carry out
His rescue
of a world
awash with sin;
to bring release
from sordid bondage,
healing from
the wounds of shame,
to strengthen, purify
and nourish
all who languish
in this life.
They are the ones
He raises up
to bring us joy

Do I appreciate all the sacrifices my priests make for me?
Am I receptive to their ministry on my behalf?

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 116:12-13, 15-18 “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)

We gird our loins
to eat the meal
that signals
our deliverance
because we are in flight
and time is short.

The Son of Man
girds up His loins
at this same meal
to wash our feet,
that in our flight
we may remember
to look out
for those in need.

Am I so intent on my own rescue that I leave others in the dust?
Are my loins girt for service?

Note:
There is a plenary indulgence available for the asking
for praying the “Tantum Ergo (Down in Adoration Falling)
during reposition after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper tonight,
with the usual conditions of Confession, Communion, prayer for Pope Francis’ intentions
and no attachment to sin.

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