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Thursday, April 13, 2017 Maundy Thursday

1 Samuel, Chapter 12, Verse 14
If you fear and serve the LORD, if you listen to the voice of the LORD and do not rebel against the LORD’s command, if both you and the king, who rules over you, follow the LORD your God—well and good.

These were the word of the Priest Samuel at the coronation of King Saul and just like Eli Saul and his family did not listen to the voice of the Lord and rebelled. Our only king was crowned not with gold but with thorns. It was His afflictions which prepared us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure. Hear His voice.

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials—Chinese proverb.”

Passion Week Timeline[1]

April 13
·         Peter and John sent to make preparation for Passover meal
·         After sunset, eats meal with the twelve; washes disciples; Judas departs
·         Lord's Supper instituted
·         To Garden of Gethsemane; Jesus' agony
·         Betrayal by Judas; arrest by Sanhedrin
·         To house of High Priest as Sanhedrin is convened; Peter betrays Jesus
·         Matthew 26:1
·         Mark 14:1
·         Luke 22:1
Tonight we commemorate the Last Supper of Christ. It was the love of money that prompted Judas’ betrayal of Jesus.  It was the love of self that prompted Peter’s betrayal of Jesus. Christ’s sacrifice was made to make us a FAMILY. Forget About Me; I Love You is an easy way to remember how our hearts should be formed. Christ asks the apostles and us to trust Him. He asks us to handover everything to Him and have faith in Him; handing over not only our wealth to Him, but our very selves: So that we may also to rise with Him on the third day.

Holy Thursday[2]

Holy Thursday is also known as Maundy Thursday and is a celebration of the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood. There were originally three separate Masses for Maundy Thursday. The first, no longer in use, is the Mass of Remission, whereby the public penitents who had been doing special penance during Lent were received back into the Church. The second is the Chrism Mass, when the bishop blesses the holy oils to be used for the year. The third is the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper, in which the Church celebrates the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood. The special ceremonies for this exultant Mass (the Gloria returns and white vestments are used) include the priest's washing the feet of twelve men, the removal of the Eucharist to the Altar of Repose, and the stripping of the altars.

The Maundy Thursday Vigil

After the Blessed Sacrament is "laid to rest" in a special tabernacle on the Altar of Repose, it is customary for the church to stay open all night and for private devotion to take place. A variation of this custom is to visit seven such shrines during the night in imitation of the Sette Chiese of the Roman Stations (see Stations). This custom was quite popular in American cities like Boston until the late 1960s.

"Clean" Thursday Customs

Because it was the day that penitents and catechumens were cleansed of their sins (and allowed to bathe again), Maundy Thursday is known in some parts of the world as "Clean" Thursday. The idea of cleanliness also extended to the rest of the faithful. In a time when bathing did not happen every day, Clean Thursday became the occasion for thoroughly cleansing the body in preparation for Easter.

There is also a charming legend that after the bells are rung for the Gloria during the Mass of the Last Supper, "they fly to Rome" where -- depending on who is telling the story -- they either are blessed by the Pope and sleep on the roof of St. Peter's Holy Saturday night, or are given Easter eggs to return with them on Sunday morning.

The Mass[3]

The Mass was the center of life for the disciples of Jesus, and so it has ever been. The first Christians were Jews, living in a Jewish culture, steeped in Jewish forms of worship. The liturgy of the new covenant had been foreshadowed in the rituals of the old. The Mass is explicitly connected with the Passover meal. There are also parallels between the thank-offering or todah and the Mass.

A todah sacrifice would be offered by someone whose life had been delivered from great peril, such as disease or the sword. The redeemed person would show his gratitude to God by gathering his closest friends and family for a todah sacrificial meal. The lamb would be sacrificed in the Temple and the bread for the meal would be consecrated the moment the lamb was sacrificed. The bread and meat, along with wine, would constitute the elements of the sacred todah meal, which would be accompanied by prayers and songs of thanksgiving, such as Psalm 116.[4]

The Talmud records the ancient rabbis’ teaching that, when the Messiah has come, “All sacrifices will cease except the todah.” In fact Greek scriptures rendered the word todah as eucharistia, the word from which we get “Eucharist.”

Tonight If possible visit Him in the Bless Sacrament chapel between 9 P.M. and midnight for it was on Holy Thursday between these hours that our Lord was in so much agony over us that He sweat blood and he was most alone. Spend time with Him.

Holy Thursday Top Events and Things to Do[5]

·         Take a close look online of Michelangelo's The Last Supper.  Notice what each of the disciples is doing, and how Jesus is portrayed.
·         Attend a Holy Thursday service.  Some denominations, such as Roman Catholicism, require you to be a member to be given communion, but many Protestant Churches do not.
·         Participate in a foot-washing service.  This puts many people outside of their comfort zone.  Washing someone else's feet is an intimate act, but it was the lowliest act that a slave in Israel performed.  It demonstrates ability to love and serve others.
·         Watch The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) with Max von Sydow as Jesus.  Pay attention to the Last Supper scene.

Daily Devotions/Prayers
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         Novena to St. Bernadette
·         The Canticle of the Passion

[3] Hahn, Scott, Signs of Life; 40 Catholic Customs and their biblical roots. Chap. 4. The Mass.