Holy Thursday

Catholics commemorate the complex and profound events of the evening of the Last Supper on the Thursday before Easter, which is known as Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday.

Traditionally, on the morning of Holy Thursday the bishop of each diocese celebrates a Chrism Mass where the holy oils that will be used during the year are blessed and priests of the diocese renew their vows.

At the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Catholics recall that Jesus was celebrating the Jewish Passover with his Apostles at what would be his final meal, instituting the Sacrament of Eucharist by changing the bread and wine into his Body and Blood.

Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command”, referring to the new Commandment that Jesus gave his disciples to love one another as He loved them when He established the priesthood and washed the feet of his closest followers.

There is no formal end to the Mass of the Lord’s Supper as the faithful have an opportunity to adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament into the evening, recalling how Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane where he would be arrested.

Holy Thursday is the first of three sacred days that make up the sacred Paschal Triduum. Along with Good Friday and Holy Saturday, it brings Lent to a close.

Holy Thursday is the first day of the Easter Triduum:


Reminders of Christ’s abiding presence in his Church:


God shows that He wants to be close to us:

OLMM Parish HamptonNH

Holy Thursday is not only the day of the institution of the Most Holy Eucharist, whose splendour bathes all else and in some ways draws it to itself. To Holy Thursday also belongs the dark night of the Mount of Olives, to which Jesus goes with his disciples; the solitude and abandonment of Jesus, who in prayer goes forth to encounter the darkness of death; the betrayal of Judas, Jesus’ arrest and his denial by Peter; his indictment before the Sanhedrin and his being handed over to the Gentiles, to Pilate. Let us try at this hour to understand more deeply something of these events, for in them the mystery of our redemption takes place.

Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, 5 April 12

A Mass celebrated only one time each year in each diocese:

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore

Praying with Jesus at night:

FOCUS Catholic

Jesus gave the supreme expression of his free offering of Himself at the meal shared with the twelve Apostles “on the night He was betrayed”. On the eve of his Passion, while still free, Jesus transformed this Last Supper with the Apostles into the memorial of his voluntary offering to the Father for the salvation of men: “This is my body which is given for you.” “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church 610

Remember Jesus:

Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network – USA

Jesus is the Lamb of God:


So when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’  and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

John 13: 12-15

A symbolic action and an absurd gesture:

BC Clough School of Theology and Ministry Cont. Ed

Following Jesus and seeing Him in one another:

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington

Holy Thursday at the place of Jesus’ agony:

Christian Media Center – English

The Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of the Catholic Church

A life of love:

Irish Dominicans

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