Thursday, April 9, 2009

Holy Thursday

Nos autem gloriari oportet in cruce Domini nostri Iesu Christi,
in quo est salus, vita et resurrectio nostra per quem salvati et liberati sumus.

We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for He is our salvation, our life and our resurrection; through Him we are saved and made free.

Holy Thursday is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. It celebrates both the institution by Christ Himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the sacerdotal priesthood.
For in this, His last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover, He is the self-offered Passover Victim, and every ordained priest to this day presents this same sacrifice, by Christ's authority and command, in exactly the same way. The Last Supper was also Christ's farewell to His assembled disciples, some of whom would betray, desert or deny Him before the sun rose again.

Lord you have appointed repentance for the forgiveness of sins, and you have given power to your Church to forgive sins. I seek your mercy and I beg you to heal the wounds of my soul.

Mother Mary you are the mother of my God of whom I have rejected. Pray for us O Holy Mother of God that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.