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Holy Thursday

March 28, 2013
St. Boniface Martyr Church
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145 Glen Avenue, Sea Cliff, NY, United States, 11579

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Holy Thursday Thursday
March 28, 2013
9am:  Morning Prayer
7:30pm:  Mass of the Lord’s Supper (the Chapel will be open until 11:30pm for visits to the Blessed Sacrament

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday begins our Sacred or Easter Triduum. These are the three days that focus more deeply on the days of salvation and the Pascal Mystery. Daily Mass or Funeral Masses are not celebrated during the Triduum so that we are able to focus more deeply on the meaning and solemnity of these days. The Church gathers to celebrate Morning Prayer. Morning Prayer is, after the Mass, the most important prayer form in the life of the Church. We pray the Psalms and read the scriptures.


In the morning the priests and faithful of the Diocese gather at the Cathedral to celebrate the “Chrism Mass.” At this Eucharist, the bishop blesses the oils that will be used in the parishes throughout the year. The Oil of the Catechumens is used for those who will enter the Church at Baptism to strengthen them in their journey as a Christian. The Oil of the Sick is used by the priests to anoint those who are sick or near death. The bishop consecrates The Sacred Chrism and the power of the Holy Spirit is infused into the oil. Chrism is used at Baptism and Confirmation as well as the Ordination of a priest to anoint in the power of the Holy Spirit.  The oils are then solemnly received into the parish church.


In the evening, the Church gathers to celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. The Last Supper is the first Mass that Jesus celebrated. He commanded the disciples, as he does to us today, to do this in remembrance of Him. The Eucharist/Mass/Liturgy celebrates the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. It also makes real the fact that Jesus will be present to us, through this saving action, for all time. We are invited at each Mass to enter into the days of salvation and allow it to touch the very depths of our beings.


At the Last Supper Jesus also creates the ministerial or ordained priesthood. The Apostles were the first priests of the New Covenant so that just as the priests of the Old Testament were able to offer sacrifice to God for the people, so the priests of the New Covenant are called to do the same. This celebration also contains a “new commandment.” Jesus washes the feet of the disciples. In this action, called the “mandatum” or command Jesus teaches His followers that in order to be His disciples we have to be willing to be “servants of all.”


At the end of the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament is removed from the tabernacle and brought to another place. This offers the faithful time to pray before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. In our parish we will process to the Chapel in the Parish Center, which will be open until 11:30 pm. I invite you to sign the sheet in the vestibule of the Church so that that the Blessed Sacrament is never left unattended.


At the end of the Liturgy the church is stripped and left bare, and the Holy Water is removed as we enter into the days of silence. The tabernacle of our church will be empty until the Easter Vigil. In a sense as Jesus was hidden in the tomb we also await the resurrection.


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