Thursday, April 1, 2010

Maundy Thursday, Holy Thursday: Yeah, It's a Pretty Big Deal

Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, Mass is a pretty big deal for Catholics. It marks and re-presents the Last Supper, the institution of the Eucharist, and the start of events which ended in the crucifixion and death of my Lord.

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:And, this evening's readings:And, 18 questions. Just as important, 18 answers:(The Corpus Christi Mass, or celebration of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, comes on June 6 this year. It's not the same as Holy Thursday, but like so much else - they're connected.)

Maundy Thursday Here in Sauk Centre, Minnesota

So 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.

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