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 - evening Thursday through evening Sunday. (According to the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar)
Institution of the Sacraments of Holy Eucharist and Holy Orders
The Last Supper, Nesterenko, Vasily Igorevich
“Consider, on your knees, the mystery of God’s love for us, that He didn't want to leave us orphans. … For Christ knew our hunger for Himself. He knew that we would be walking around in the darkness of a thousand wars and miseries throughout this life. …
This is Holy Thursday. This is when the Christ we are talking about took an ordinary piece of bread and a little wine and changed it into His Body and His Blood. … Remember this day always, year after year: the day of Christ’s infinite love, when He went away and yet He remained, in Bread and Wine, and in the priest. …
In His immense love, Christ chose men who would have His hands and His feet, in whom He could walk, in whom He could forgive sins, who could lift Him up, who could give us the sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist – the Bread and Wine, which He said makes for everlasting life! The incredible love of God is visible to us! ..."
Catherine de Hueck Doherty
"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.”
Prayer of Bl Mother Teresa of
for priests Calcutta
Mary, Mother of Jesus, throw your mantle of purity over our priests. Protect them, guide them, and keep them in your heart. Be a Mother to them, especially in times of discouragement and loneliness. Love them and keep them belonging completely to Jesus. Like Jesus, they, too, are your sons, so keep their hearts pure and virginal. Keep their minds filled with Jesus, and put Jesus always on their lips, so that he is the one they offer to sinner and to all they meet. Mary, Mother of Jesus, be their Mother, loving them and bring them joy. Take special care of sick and dying priests, and the ones most tempted. Remember how they spent their youth and old age, their entire lives serving and giving all to Jesus. Mary, bless them and keep a special place for them in your heart. Give them a piece of your heart, so beautiful and pure and immaculate, so full of love and humility, so that they, too, can grow in the likeness of Christ. Dear Mary, make them humble like you, and holy like Jesus. Amen.