Thursday, March 28, 2013

"For us, to us, with us" (HOLY THURSDAY)

The Paschal Triduum begins with the Evening Mass In Cena Domini on Holy Thursday, continues through the Friday of the Lord's Passion, reaches its summit in the Solemn Paschal Vigil, and comes to a close with Sunday Vespers of the Lord's Resurrection - a full three days - Thursday early evening through Sunday early evening.

Holy Thursday
Institution of the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Holy Orders
The Last Supper ~ Daniele Crespi

"Jesus enters Jerusalem to take the final step, in which His whole existence is summarized: He gives Himself totally, He keeps nothing for Himself, not even His life.

At the Last Supper, with His friends, He shares the bread and distributes the chalice "for us." The Son of God is offered to us, He consigns His Body and His Blood into our hands to be with us always, to dwell among us."

Pope Francis
First Wednesday Audience
27 March 2013, Roma

"Without the priest, the passion and death of our Lord
would be of no avail.  It is the priest who continues
the work of redemption here on earth... 
Leave a parish for twenty years without a priest and
they will end by worshipping the beasts there...
The priest is not a priest  for himself,
he is a priest for you."

"O, how great is the priest!...
If he realized what he is, he would die."

St John Vianney


Pray, pray, pray for our priests!
They rely on our prayers!

As Father John Hardon, S.J., once said, “praying and offering God sacrifices for the priesthood are indispensably important,” because “there is no Catholic Church without the priesthood.”

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