Apparently ended, I should say. Most people, when they've been tortured to death, stay dead. Jesus of Nazareth didn't: which made quite an impression on the surviving Apostles.
Here's a pretty good reflection on Holy Thursday:
- "Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ"
Pope John Paul II, via L'Osservatore Romano, via EWTN (June 15, 1995)
- "Eighteen Questions on the Paschal Triduum"
Committee on Divine Worship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Maundy Thursday Here in Sauk Centre, MinnesotaSo far, this post has been about the 'big picture' stuff. Here's what Holy Thursday looked like in Our Lady of the Angels here in a central Minnesota town.
I went past these pictures in Our Lady of the Angels entry this afternoon. They're the work of Deborah Holt, a local artist. April 1, 2010
It took me a while to find a parking space near the church - and so had a chance to take a photo of the procession. April 1, 2010
It hadn't occurred to me until I read an article on church design: but we Catholics do a whole lot of processing.
Jesus asked his disciples to "...Remain here and keep watch with me." That's what we're doing here, after Holy Thursday Mass. Folks who had been in the front pews had left by the time I took this picture. April 1, 2010
Tomorrow's what we call Good Friday. I think it's well to remember that Jesus knew what was going to happen: and went through with the mission, anyway.