Holy Thursday

Crossing the Threshold of Holy Week

"The First Eucharist" by Juan de Juanes

It caught me by surprise that the Carmelite Sisters keep a complete and prayerful silence during the Holy Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, not speaking until the conclusion of the evening Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. I remember when I was the “new kid on the block,” a recently-arrived postulant who was learning more and […]

Eucharist — The Body of Christ

"The Last Supper" (detail) by Duccio

Holy Thursday, the night of the Last Supper aka the Lord’s Supper, the institution of the Holy Eucharist — why did Jesus do what he did and say what he said? What did he mean when he said “This is my body and this is my blood” and “Do this in Memory of Me”?  And what does the Catholic Church […]

Eucharist — The Body of Christ

"The Last Supper" (detail) by Duccio

Holy Thursday, the night of the Last Supper aka the Lord’s Supper, the institution of the Holy Eucharist — why did Jesus do what he did and say what he said? What did he mean when he said “This is my body and this is my blood” and “Do this in Memory of Me”?  And what does the Catholic Church […]

Crossing the Threshold of Holy Week

Photography by John Neff | Shutterstock

It caught me by surprise that the Carmelite Sisters keep a complete and prayerful silence during the Holy Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, not speaking until the conclusion of the evening Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. I remember when I was the “new kid on the block,” a recently-arrived postulant who was learning more and […]

The First Eucharist

"The First Eucharist" by Juan de Juanes

“Take and eat, for this is my body…” On Holy Thursday, the night before he died, the Lord Jesus made some startling changes in the ritual of the Passover meal.  Instead of being content with the traditional Jewish table blessing over the bread, Jesus proclaimed “take and eat for this is my body.”  Over the third cup of wine, known […]

The First Eucharist

"The First Eucharist" by Juan de Juanes

“Take and eat, for this is my body…” On Holy Thursday, the night before he died, the Lord Jesus made some startling changes in the ritual of the Passover meal.  Instead of being content with the traditional Jewish table blessing over the bread, Jesus proclaimed “take and eat for this is my body.”  Over the third cup of wine, known […]

Being Humbled…Again…on Holy Thursday

Photograph © by Andy Coan

That year, I had to go to the back of the church to nurse the baby, so I had a clear view of the front of the church after Father’s homily on Holy Thursday. He invited everyone forward to have their feet washed. “It’s a gift you give me,” he said, with a look that I had come to recognize. It’s […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. John Vianney on the Priesthood for Holy Thursday

St. Jean Marie Vianney, Cure d’Ars

“Saint Bernard tells us that everything has come to us through Mary; and we may also say that everything has come to us through the priest; yes, all happiness, all graces, all heavenly gifts. If we had not the Sacrament of Orders, we should not have Our Lord. Who placed Him there, in that tabernacle? It was the priest. Who […]

Gift of Holy Thursday – The Eucharist: The Body of Christ

Photography © by Andy Coan

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for Holy Thursday (Year ABC) – Isaiah 61:1-3, 6, 8-9; Psalms 89:21-22, 25, 27; Revelation 1:5-8; Luke 4:16-21. This series normally appears each Wednesday. Take and eat for this is my body… On Holy Thursday, the night before he died, the Lord Jesus made some startling changes in the ritual of the Passover […]

I Watched as Lent Ended Quietly

A few years back I happened to be in downtown Cincinnati for a job interview in the early afternoon on Holy Thursday.  At that point in time, God’s plan was not exactly clear to me yet – I had no idea where my life was heading – and so after the interview I decided to go to the chapel in […]