28 March 2013

Maundy Thursday

All the students gathered this morning for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, which gave me an opportunity to explain to them why we were not celebrating any other Mass today, other than this evening's Mass of the Lord's Last Supper.

We read the account of the Passover in Exodus, and I reminded them that the Church, celebrating the Mass this evening, is the New Israel offering up Christ as the Passover Lamb, and so we participate in the New Passover.

God our Father, whose Son our Lord Jesus Christ in a wonderful Sacrament hath left unto us a memorial of his passion: Grant us so to venerate the sacred mysteries of his Body and Blood, that we may ever perceive within ourselves the fruit of his redemption; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: therefore let us keep the feast!