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  • The Problem With Multi-Cultural Footing

    04/04/2016 4:44:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 5 replies ^ | April 4,2016 | William Kilpatrick
    During Holy Thursday Mass, Pope Francis washed the feet of migrants, three of whom were Muslims. Most Catholics understood this as a gesture of humility and brotherhood. That is how the Catholic press reported it—and that, undoubtedly, was the Pope’s intention.
  • "Love One Another, as I Have Loved You" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on John 13:1-17, 31b-35)

    03/24/2016 11:26:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | March 24, 2016 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Love One Another, as I Have Loved You” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35) “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” So said Jesus to his disciples on the night when he was betrayed. “Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” So says Jesus to his disciples here on this night, as we are gathered in his name and he is here with us. Thus our theme for tonight, Jesus’ commandment to his disciples both then and now: “Love...
  • Francis orders change to Foot Washing Rite on Holy Thursday to include females

    01/21/2016 11:06:50 AM PST · by paladinan · 19 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | January 21, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today brought the news that the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments (CDW) was ordered by Pope Francis to issue a document that allows for the washing of the feet of females on Holy Thursday in the optional foot washing rite during the Mass of the Last Supper in the Ordinary Form. [...] In Card. Sarah’s Decree we read that “it seemed good to the Supreme Pontiff Francis to change the norm”. Thus, now: Missalis Romani (p. 300 n. 11) legitur: «Viri selecti deducuntur a ministris », quae idcirco sequenti modo mutari debet: «Qui selecti sunt ex populo...
  • The Pope and the Transgender --- Scandal or No Scandal? [Catholic Caucus]

    04/07/2015 5:36:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 64 replies
    The Eponymous Flower | 4/07/15
    "The Pope and the transsexual", is how the media similarly described the Holy Thursday liturgy of Pope Francis in the Roman prison Regina Coeli. On the first day of the Triduum Paschale, the Pope again followed his practice of having deserted the liturgically provided cathedral church of Rome and went to the "margins". This year the Pope visited the Roman prison Regina Coeli. He washed the feet of male and female prisoners and celebrated in the "Lord's Supper" in the prison hall. Vatican Television rendered images all over the world Among the prisoners, whose feet the Pope washed, there was...
  • The Easter Triduum: Entering into the Paschal Mystery

    04/02/2015 4:52:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies ^ | 2006 | Carl E. Olson
    The Easter Triduum: Entering into the Paschal MysteryThe Easter Triduum: Entering into the Paschal Mystery | Carl E. Olson The liturgical year is a great and ongoing proclamation by the Church of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and a celebration of the Mystery of the Word. Through this yearly cycle, the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, "the various aspects of the one Paschal mystery unfold"(CCC 1171). The Easter Triduum holds a special place in the liturgical year because it marks the culmination of the yearly celebration in proclaiming the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Latin word...
  • Our paschal lamb

    04/02/2015 3:27:09 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 16 replies
    Triablogue ^ | March 16, 2014 | Steve
    Our paschal lamb The Passover 3 Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6 and you shall keep...
  • The Bread of Affliction: A Meditation on What Jesus Endured at the Last Supper

    04/02/2015 8:32:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-01-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Bread of Affliction: A Meditation on What Jesus Endured at the Last Supper By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe Last Supper is, strangely, a sad study in the kind of affliction the Lord had to endure from His own disciples. Of all the meals the Lord must have shared with them, this was the one that should have gone beautifully and perfectly; it did not. From one moment to the next the blows just got worse. There were inept responses, distractions, bullheaded debates, and rebukes directed against Jesus 
 and then of course betrayal. It was nothing short of a disaster. The...
  • "Blood of the Covenant" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on Exodus 24; 1 Corinthians 10; Mark 14)

    04/02/2015 7:56:40 AM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 4 replies ^ | April 2, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Blood of the Covenant” (Exodus 24:3-11; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; Mark 14:12-26)“Blood” and “covenant” go together in the Bible pretty much all the time. Whenever God establishes a covenant with people, generally it is sealed with blood. And tonight is no exception. In fact, tonight is the culmination of this connection between blood and covenant. It’s Holy Thursday, the night in which our Lord Jesus Christ establishes a covenant with us and says, “This is my ‘Blood of the Covenant.’” I suppose we should start by explaining what this word “covenant” means, biblically speaking. In the Bible, a covenant is a...
  • On the Holy Thursday foot washing: “It didn’t exclude women until 1955…”

    04/17/2014 4:14:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | April 17, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Some interesting history on this controversial rite, from David Gibson at Religion News Service, via NCR: Accounts of Christian foot-washing rituals go back as far as the sixth century. As Peter Jeffrey writes in his 1985 book, A New Commandment: Toward a Renewed Rite for the Washing of Feet, there were generally two forms: the “Mandatum Pauperam,” or washing of the feet of poor people, and the “Mandatum Fratrum,” the washing of the feet of “the brothers.”Neither were part of the Holy Thursday liturgy, and popes and clerics routinely washed the feet of poor people as a sign of service...
  • Pope breaks rules as he washes feet of disabled people in pre-Easter ritual

    04/18/2014 6:15:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 18, 2014 |
    ROME - Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."
  • "Lead Us Not into Temptation" (Sermon for Holy Thursday, on the Lord's Prayer and Luke 22:1-46)

    04/17/2014 10:57:35 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | April 17, 2014 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Lead Us Not into Temptation” (The Lord’s Prayer; Luke 22:1-46) During this Lenten season we’ve been doing a series on the Lord’s Prayer called “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” And that’s exactly what our Lord does on this Holy Thursday evening. He teaches us to pray. That’s what he instructs us to do, that’s what he gives us an example of doing, and, even more than that, he prays for us. In particular, on this night Jesus instructs his disciples to pray for strength in the face of temptation. “Pray that you may not enter into temptation,” Jesus tells them...
  • The significance of Holy Thursday [Catholic Caucus]

    04/17/2014 11:53:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CNA ^ | not given | CNA staff
    The significance of Holy ThursdayExcept for the Resurrection on Easter, Holy Thursday is possibly one of the most important, complex, and profound days of celebration in the Catholic Church. Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood.During the Last Supper, Jesus offers himself as the Passover sacrifice, the sacrificial lamb, and teaches that every ordained priest is to follow the same sacrifice in the exact same way. Christ also bids farewell to his followers and prophesizes that one of them will...
  • My, My….What the Lord Had To Endure at the Last Supper! (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    04/20/2011 8:06:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 4/20/2011 | Msgr Charles Pope
    One of the consistent themes of the Four Gospels is the theme of the “inept response.” Most often it applies to the 12 apostles who, when taught some important point by the Lord, demonstrate, almost right away, that they don’t get it all.No one place in the gospels is more thick with the inept response than at the Last Supper. It was nothing short of a disaster. The ineptitude is almost comical if it weren’t so sad. If ever the Lord needed his disciples attention and understanding, it was now. But to a man, they let him down. There is...
  • How Should We Understand Pope Francis Washing Women's Feet?

    03/30/2013 10:44:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    NCRegister ^ | March 28, 2013 4:28 | Jimmy Akin
    How Should We Understand Pope Francis Washing Women's Feet? by Jimmy Akin Thursday, March 28, 2013 4:28       --snip--  This Year's Mass of the Lord's Supper It was surprising but not surprising when the Holy See announced that Pope Francis had chosen to celebrate this year's Mass of the Lord's Supper not in one of the papal basilicas of Rome but, instead, in its juvenile prison.That's precisely the kind of gesture that we have come to expect from the new pope in the short time we've been getting to know him.It's not traditional, but it's humble and evangelistic.And...
  • 'I do this with my heart,' Pope says before washing inmates' feet

    03/28/2013 1:58:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 88 replies
    cna ^ | March 28, 2013 | David Uebbing
    <p>Pope Francis kisses the foot of a young person at a detention facility on Holy Thursday 2013. Credit: CTV.</p> <p>Vatican City, Mar 28, 2013 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly do the same for them because he is called to serve.</p>
  • Chrism Mass: Thousands celebrate hope and promise [Catholic Caucus]

    03/27/2013 8:38:02 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 29 March 2013 14:26 | Doris Benavides
    Chrism Mass: Thousands celebrate hope and promise Written by Doris Benavides Friday, 29 March 2013 14:26 “This year is not like any other year,” Archbishop José Gomez told the overflowing assembly at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels March 25 for the annual Chrism Mass. Certainly, the large crowd itself was extraordinary for this event, at which sacred holy oils for the coming year are blessed and distributed to parishes. Excited by the recent election of Pope Francis, clergy and parishioners from throughout the archdiocese this year attended in larger numbers (about 5,000), prompting the archbishop to...
  • 3 Oils Express 3 Dimensions of Life, Says Pope [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/22/2011 9:48:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies ^ | APRIL 21, 2011 |
    3 Oils Express 3 Dimensions of Life, Says Pope Calls Faithful to "Always Remain Catechumens" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 21, 2011 ( At this morning's Chrism Mass, Benedict XVI reflected on the three dimensions of Christian life expressed in the three oils that are blessed in the liturgy. The Pope celebrated the Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, blessing the oil of catechumens, the oil for anointing the sick and the sacred chrism. Speaking of the oil of catechumens, he said it "indicates a first way of being touched by Christ and by his Spirit [...] which takes place even prior to...
  • The Mandatum of Love (meaning of Maundy Thursday/Holy Thursday) [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/21/2011 10:13:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies ^ | March 23, 2005 | Catherine Lamb
    TheMandatum of Love The Triduum begins: From light to darkness - a symbolic darkness in which the better we understand the significance of the rubrics, the closer we grow to Christ in this world of darkness. "We sadly recall that the Apostles one by one gradually left Him on this night, and that the earth was covered by darkness at His death. The single candle left burning, which is hidden behind the altar to be brought forth again when prayers are finished, causes us to remember that Christ came forth from the grave on the third day as the true...
  • [Why I Am Catholic]: Lent And Holy Week (A Primer) [Catholic Caucus]

    04/10/2011 7:03:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies ^ | April 2011 | Frank Weathers
    Lent And Holy Week (A Primer) Posted by Frank -Feast of St. Vincent Ferrer  We are officially past the half-way point of the Lenten Season.  Before you know it, it will be Holy Week. As a convert who entered the Church on Holy Saturday in the Year of Our Lord 2008, I'll never forget that experience. Those who serve as sponsors for the Catechumens and Candidates never forget it either.But if you are like me, it is good to be reminded of not only what is taking place on that day, but for the whole season. The recollection of what...
  • "Why Is This Night Different?" (Sermon for Holy Thursday)

    04/01/2010 3:04:38 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 5 replies · 290+ views ^ | April 1, 2010 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Why Is This Night Different?” (Exodus 12; Luke 22:7-20)Earlier this week, in Jewish homes all around the world, families gathered and celebrated the annual Passover meal. A meal is served--the Seder meal, as it is called--with certain items of food and drink served in a set order. And a ritual is observed; the liturgical text that’s followed is called the Haggadah. As part of that ritual, the children at the table ask a series of questions about why they’re doing the things distinctive to this meal: “Why is this night different from all other nights?” the children will ask. “Why...
  • Today is Maundy Thursday

    04/01/2010 11:37:28 AM PDT · by quintr · 17 replies · 340+ views
    In Christian communities all around the globe, the Thursday immediately before Easter is designated Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday. The term Maundy comes to us with two different definitions. The first says that it is an old English word that springs up out of the Latin mandatum. This mandate comes from John 13:34-35: A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, you also ought to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. One the other hand, some...
  • The Sacred Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. The Mystery of Faith

    04/01/2010 6:18:17 AM PDT · by tcg · 1 replies · 159+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/1/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ...At the very epicenter of our Liturgical Calendar is the great Three days we celebrate, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Resurrection of the Lord, the Sacred Triduum. Good Liturgy is not simply a re-enactment of something that happened over 2000 years ago but an actual participation in the events themselves through living faith. ... We will soon attend the Last Supper and receive the gift of the Holy Eucharist, the Body, Blood Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. We will enter into the deep meaning of the Holy Priesthood. We will be invited to pour ourselves out like the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SACRAMENT HOUSE, 03-31-10

    03/31/2010 10:01:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 112+ views ^ | 03-31-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SACRAMENT HOUSE A method of housing the Blessed Sacrament in a tabernacle outside the sanctuary usually on the north side of the church. Sometimes it was richly canopied and the repository screened so that the Host could be dimly seen. It was widely used in Switzerland, Belgium, and Germany until the last half of the nineteenth century. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

    03/30/2010 11:24:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies · 520+ views ^ | n/a |
    IV. Holy Thursday Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper 44. With the celebration of Mass on the evening of Holy Thursday, "the Church begins the Easter Triduum and recalls the Last Supper in which the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, showing his love for those who were his own in the world, he gave his body and blood under the species of bread and wine offering to his Father and giving them to the Apostles so that they might partake of them, and he commanded them and their successors in the priesthood to perpetuate this offering." [50]45....
  • The Easter Triduum in General

    03/30/2010 11:15:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies · 442+ views ^ | n/a |
    III. The Easter Triduum in General 38. The greatest mysteries of the redemption are celebrated yearly by the Church beginning with the evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday and ending with Vespers of Easter Sunday. This time is called "the triduum of the crucified, buried and risen"; [42] it is also called the "Easter Triduum" because during it is celebrated the paschal mystery, that is, the passing of the Lord from this world to his Father. The Church, by the celebration of this mystery through liturgical signs and sacramentals, is united to Christ, her spouse, in intimate...
  • I Love A Good Surprise! (Catholic Caucus)

    03/01/2010 10:10:08 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies · 536+ views
    cmr ^ | March 1, 2010 | Patrick Archbold
    I love a good surprise, don't you? I love a good rumor, don't you? I especially love a good rumor about a good surprise. Verbum Patris sums up.Various blogs and news agencies have been reporting on ‘well informed sources’ who say that the Holy Father will unveil a ‘good surprise’ to the Catholic world during this years Holy Week celebrations. Originally mentioned at Catholic Sector, suggestions on the likely surprise range from the return of the Sedia Gestatoria, to the end of Communion in the hand and even the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Me thinks some may be...
  • "Love for Disciples" (Sermon for Maundy Thursday)

    04/09/2009 12:41:54 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies · 662+ views
    April 9, 2009 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Love for Disciples” (John 13:1-17, 31b-35)“Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.” Yes, he did. Maundy Thursday is all about Jesus’ love for his disciples. “Love for Disciples” to receive, “Love for Disciples” to learn. Love for disciples to receive--in the footwashing. Let’s set the scene. It’s the evening of the Passover. Time for the Passover meal. This is the meal all Jews ate every year on that date, to commemorate the night the Lord brought Israel out of bondage in Egypt. It was a special occasion, solemn and sacred. Jesus had...
  • Official text of Pope Benedict XVI's Homily for the Chrism Mass

    04/09/2009 10:09:51 AM PDT · by ELS · 96 replies · 1,165+ views
    Vatican Radio ^ | April 9, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the Upper Room, on the eve of his Passion, the Lord prayed for his disciples gathered about him. At the same time he looked ahead to the community of disciples of all centuries, “those who believe in me through their word” (Jn 17:20). In his prayer for the disciples of all time, he saw us too, and he prayed for us. Let us listen to what he asks for the Twelve and for us gathered here: “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have...
  • Holy Thursday: The God who Washes Feet

    04/09/2009 3:56:43 AM PDT · by tcg · 3 replies · 363+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/09/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    On this Holy Thursday as we begin the great Triduum, the Three Days, we will read this wonderful account in the Gospel of St. John which reveals the depth of the Love of Jesus Christ and invites us into to a new way of living our lives now in Him: "So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water...
  • Obama to host Seder Thursday night

    04/07/2009 10:31:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 32 replies · 1,973+ views
    US President Barack Obama will celebrate Passover Thursday night with staff and friends in what is believed to be the first White House Seder attended by an American president. The event was slipped onto the president's public schedule Tuesday night with little fanfare, following a letter signed by Obama earlier in the day wishing Americans who mark the day a "peaceful and relaxing holiday."
  • "There Will Be Blood" (Sermon for Holy/Maundy Thursday)

    03/20/2008 2:12:36 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 8 replies · 257+ views
    March 20, 2008 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “There Will Be Blood” (Exod. 24:3-11; Heb. 9:11-22; Matt. 26:17-30)“There Will Be Blood.” When God saves a people and takes them for his own, there will be blood. There always has been. There had been blood on the night of the Passover, the exodus from Egypt, when the Lord God brought his people Israel out of bondage. On that night, death was coming to every household in Egypt. But the Lord provided a way of escape. “Tell the people, Moses, to take a lamb without blemish or spot, slay it, and take the blood of the lamb and spread it...
  • Maundy Thursday, Holy Thursday, Shire Thursday

    04/04/2007 11:57:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies · 1,066+ views ^ | not given |
    Maundy Thursday   This day, Maundy Thursday (also "Holy Thursday" or "Shire Thursday"1) commemorates Christ's Last Supper and the initiation of the Eucharist. Its name of "Maundy" comes from the Latin word mandatum, meaning "command." This stems from Christ's words in John 13:34, "A new commandment I give unto you." It is the first of the three days known as the "Triduum," and after the Vigil tonight, and until the Vigil of Easter, a more profoundly somber attitude prevails (most especially during the hours between Noon and 3:00 PM on Good Friday). Raucous amusements should be set aside... The Last...
  • "The Meal, Christ's Suffering, and the Coming of the Kingdom" (Sermon for Holy Thursday)

    04/04/2007 3:36:53 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 7 replies · 375+ views
    April 5, 2007 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Meal, Christ’s Suffering, and the Coming of the Kingdom” (Luke 22:7-20)Our text is the Holy Gospel, from Luke 22, the account of our Lord’s institution of his Holy Supper. Specifically we want to look at these words from our Lord which Luke records, where Jesus says to his disciples: “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Likewise Jesus says to them, “For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the...
  • Holy Thursday

    03/26/2007 8:30:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies · 665+ views
    Women of Faith and Family ^ | Not given | w
    Holy ThursdayThe Last Supper - Chartres Cathedral - stained glass window (detail)Family Activities | Stations of the Cross | Christian Passover Seder | Readings | Adoremus: Articles and Document on Footwashing Nos autem gloriari oportet in cruce Domini nostri Iesu Christi,in quo est salus, vita et resurrectio nostra per quem salvati et liberati sumus. We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for He is our salvation, our life and our resurrection; through Him we are saved and made free. (cf. Galations 6:14)-- Entrance Antiphon for Holy ThursdayHOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of...
  • The Footwashing Ritual and the Sacrament of Holy Orders: A New Look at John 13

    03/24/2007 6:11:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 416+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | March 24, 2007 | Jacob Michael
    The thirteenth chapter of St. John's Gospel relates the story of the Last Supper in the Upper Room. However, where the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) take this opportunity to record the details of the Supper itself, along with the Words of Institution and the offering of Jesus Christ under the species of bread and wine, the Fourth Gospel does not record these events. Instead, St. John records the story of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples. What did St. John see in this event that was so important that he felt it necessary to record these actions...
  • The Triduum and 40 Days

    04/20/2006 7:55:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies · 1,890+ views ^ | 04-20-06 | by Fr. William Saunders
    by Fr. William Saunders Other Articles by Fr. William Saunders The Triduum and 40 Days 04/20/06 Is the Triduum part of Lent? When I count the days from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, I find that it only turns out to be 40 if we count the Triduum and do not count the six Sundays during that period. I know that the date of Ash Wednesday was specifically selected to produce a 40-day Lent. So aren’t the three days of the Triduum really part of Lent? Here is one time when the “straight answer” is not going to be clearly “straight.”...
  • Pope urges priests to prayer, not activism

    04/13/2006 8:43:43 PM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 9 replies · 229+ views
    Priests should be men of prayer rather than activists, Pope Benedict XVI said as he celebrated the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday with the priests of Rome. Every priest should constantly nurture his friendship with Jesus Christ, since the essence of the priesthood lies in serving in persona Christi, the Holy Father said. He concluded his homily by citing the words of Father Andrea Santoro, the Italian missionary who was killed in Turkey in February, who said that in his priestly ministry he was "giving Him my flesh." On Holy Thursday, as the Church recalls the Last Supper and the...
  • Destruction of the Family an attempt to “Modify the Very Grammar of Life” Says Pope’s Vicar General

    04/13/2006 6:53:29 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 3 replies · 307+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/13/06 | Hilary White
    ROME, April 13, 2006 ( – In his meditations for this year’s Stations of the Cross, the annual commemoration of the biblical events of Christ on the way to be crucified, Archbishop Angelo Comastri, the Pope’s Vicar General, asked, “What is it that today, in particular, strikes at Christ’s holy body?” Comastri wrote for the stations this Good Friday and posted already to the Vatican’s website, “There is a move to reinvent mankind, to modify the very grammar of life as planned and willed by God.” Comastri’s meditations are in line with a stream of thought of Pope Benedict who...
  • Maundy Thursday(Holy Thursday)

    04/13/2006 10:45:32 AM PDT · by kellynla · 2 replies · 374+ views
    The feast of Maundy (or Holy) Thursday solemnly commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and is the oldest of the observances peculiar to Holy Week. In Rome various accessory ceremonies were early added to this commemoration, namely the consecration of the holy oils and the reconciliation of penitents, ceremonies obviously practical in character and readily explained by the proximity of the Christian Easter and the necessity of preparing for it. Holy Thursday could not but be a day of liturgical reunion since, in the cycle of movable feasts, it brings around the anniversary of the institution of the Liturgy. On...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-13-06, Holy Thursday, Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

    04/13/2006 5:46:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies · 294+ views American Bible ^ | 04-13-06 | New American Bible
    April 13, 2006 Holy ThursdayEvening Mass of the Lord’s Supper Psalm: Thursday 17 Reading 1Ex 12:1-8, 11-14 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; you shall reckon it the first month of the year.Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month every one of your familiesmust procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.If a family is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join the nearest household in procuring one and shall share in the lamb in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 04-13-06, Chrism Mass, Holy Thursday during the day

    04/13/2006 5:41:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies · 224+ views American Bible ^ | 04-13-06 | New American Bible
    April 13, 2006 Holy ThursdayChrism Mass Psalm: Thursday 17 Reading 1Is 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,To announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God,to comfort all who mourn;To place on those who mourn in Ziona diadem instead of ashes,To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. You yourselves shall be...
  • We Will Relive the Passion, Death and Resurrection

    04/12/2006 8:15:45 PM PDT · by ELS · 5 replies · 544+ views
    ZENIT News Agency ^ | April 12, 2006 | Benedict XVI
    On the Easter Triduum "We Will Relive the Passion, Death and Resurrection" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 12, 2006 ( Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address at today's general audience, which he dedicated to explain the meaning of the Easter triduum. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters: Tomorrow the Easter triduum begins, which is the fulcrum of the whole liturgical year. Aided by the sacred rites of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the solemn Easter Vigil, we will relive the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord. They are propitious days to reawaken in us a more intense desire...

    04/11/2006 2:53:02 AM PDT · by MILESJESU · 13 replies · 361+ views
    He Gives Himself Entirely to Us April 8, 2004 Holy Thursday Reading I (Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14) Reading II (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) Gospel (St. John 13:1-15) Today we celebrate the feast on which the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood took place. It is also, therefore, the day on which Our Lord, exercising His priesthood, offered Himself as a sacrifice sacramentally. He had not yet physically sacrificed Himself, that would take place the next day, but already in the Blessed Sacrament at the Last Supper He offered himself in a sacramental form under the forms of bread and wine so...
  • Paths to Rome: Washing of Feet on Holy Thursday

    03/28/2006 9:16:55 PM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies · 599+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 1997 | Father Jerry Pokorsky
    Paths to Rome: Washing of Feet on Holy Thursday"For I have given you an example, that you also should do"On Holy Thursday, in parishes throughout the United States, twelve men and women will assemble in the sanctuaries during the Mass of the Lord's Supper to have their feet ritually washed by a priest. Although many Catholics -- both men and women -- are disburbed by the practice of washing women's feet, probably most barely take notice.  Almost no one will be aware that, despite documents approving the practice from the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy (BCL), there is no clear...
  • (NC) Bishop: Foot-washing for men only

    03/31/2006 5:48:41 AM PST · by NYer · 30 replies · 808+ views
    Charlotte ^ | March 31, 2006 | KEN GARFIELD
    The head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte is reminding priests that only men's feet are to be washed at Holy Thursday services, a move creating a buzz among many N.C. Catholics this Lenten season."I have vowed respect and obedience to my bishop. With sadness, I will obey Bishop (Peter) Jugis, with apologies to the women of St. Ann's parish," the Rev. Conrad Hoover of St. Ann Catholic Church in Charlotte said Thursday."I think it's ridiculous," said Jenifer Register, a member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Charlotte, who describes herself as "fired up" over the issue. "I feel...
  • Washing of the Feet on Holy Thursday And More on Days of Abstinence

    03/28/2006 4:11:48 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 509+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 28, 2006 | Father Edward McNamara
    ROME, MARCH 28, 2006 ( Answered by Father Edward McNamara, professor of liturgy at the Regina Apostolorum university. Q: I understand that it is in fact liturgically incorrect to have the main celebrant at the Holy Thursday Mass wash the feet of women. Correct? -- J.C., Ballina, Ireland. During the Holy Thursday liturgy at our parish, there are a number of foot-washing stations set up around the Church, and the people in the pews get up and bring someone else to one of the stations and wash their feet. Most of the people in Church take part in this, washing...
  • Boston Archbishop excludes women from Catholic foot-washing ritual

    04/10/2004 8:49:39 AM PDT · by narses · 21 replies · 138+ views
    The Macon Telegraph ^ | Sat, Apr. 10, 2004
    BOSTON - Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley declined to wash the feet of women during a Holy Week ritual that symbolizes Jesus' washing the feet of his disciples. O'Malley, heeding instructions from the Vatican on the subject, washed the feet of 12 men - representing Jesus' 12 male disciples - as he celebrated Holy Thursday Mass. The practice of including women in the foot-washing ritual is controversial among some clergy. Traditionalists oppose inclusion of women in the ritual, but others see it as an outdated rule that can alienate women from the church. In Atlanta, about 100 men and women gathered...
  • SPECIAL ALERT! NBC to mock the Crucifixion of Christ

    02/01/2006 1:57:36 PM PST · by nmh · 92 replies · 2,526+ views ^ | 2/1/2006 | Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman
    SPECIAL ALERT! NBC to mock the Crucifixion of Christ Dear (received via e-mail), NBC, fresh from giving us the anti-Christian The Book of Daniel, has decided to hit back at the Christian community by presenting an episode of Will and Grace which mocks the crucifixion of Christ. On the April 13 edition of NBC's Will and Grace, Britney Spears will appear as a Christian conservative sidekick to Sean Hayes' homosexual character, Jack, who hosts his own talk show. Jack's fictional network, Out TV, is bought by a Christian TV network, leading to Spears contributing a cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin's." To...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-24-05, Holy Thursday, Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

    03/24/2005 7:56:44 AM PST · by Salvation · 52 replies · 1,223+ views American Bible ^ | 03-24-05 | New American Bible
    March 24, 2005Holy ThursdayEvening Mass of the Lord's Supper Psalm: Thursday 15 Reading IEx 12:1-8, 11-14 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, "This month shall stand at the head of your calendar;you shall reckon it the first month of the year.Tell the whole community of Israel: On the tenth of this month every one of your familiesmust procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.If a family is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join the nearest household in procuring oneand shall share in the lambin proportion to the number...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 03-24-05, Holy Thursday, Chrism Mass

    03/24/2005 7:34:46 AM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies · 269+ views American Bible ^ | 03-24-05 | New American Bible
    March 24, 2005Chrism Mass Psalm: Thursday 15 Reading IIs 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,to heal the brokenhearted,To proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,To announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God,to comfort all who mourn;To place on those who mourn in Ziona diadem instead of ashes,To give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit. You yourselves shall be named priests...