Date(s) - 1 Apr 2021 until 4 Apr 2021
6:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Welcome to the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper – a celebration with a difference. We have a ceremony without a full congregation.
We will miss some elements of this celebration that we were used to – elements that involved us all.
We will not have the Procession with the symbols of the Sacraments at the beginning of Mass. However, we will combine this with the Prayers of the Faithful.
Another symbol that we usually associate with Holy Thursday is the
Mandatum – “ Washing of the Feet.” But we will remind ourselves of the meaning in daily life of that action of Jesus.
We will not have a Procession to the Altar of Repose at the end of our Mass. But, we will keep Jesus company. Our Church will remain open until 9.00.p.m. so we can make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. We need to remind ourselves of social distancing so that we are all safe.
We begin a celebration this evening that will only end with our Mass of the Resurrection on Saturday evening so you will notice that there won’t be any blessing at the end of this Mass this evening.
The Entrance Antiphon for this evening’s Mass sums up the celebration of these three days In it we pray in words taken from St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, “ We should glory in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ; for He is our salvation, our life and resurrection; through Him we are saved and made free.”
Our focus right through these three days is the Cross – the symbol of our salvation
The Eucharist is the means whereby we are drawn to salvation, life and resurrection through Christ’s Death and Resurrection.
In the Gospel extract we hear, “He had always loved those who were His in the world, but, now He showed how perfect His love was.”
That sentence tells us the story of all Jesus has done for us right up to giving His life for us.
Over the next three days, let us reflect on the gift of Jesus to us – all the ways in which He shows His love for each of us each day.
Let us hear the last words of the Gospel extract, “ I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.” As we listen we will hear His message.
Prayers of the Faithful for Holy Thursday.
Introduction – Celebrant……………………
1. We thank God for the gift of our Baptism. We thank Him for those who took us to Church on that day, and for those who helped us grow in faith. We pray for all the children in our Parish who are waiting to receive this Sacrament.
Lord hear us…..
2. We thank God for the gift of Confirmation. We thank him for all who taught us to live as Christians, giving expression and commitment to our faith. We pray for all the pupils in our Schools who are waiting to receive their Confirmation this year.
Lord hear us……….
3. We thank G0d for the gift of Himself to us in Holy Communion. We pray for all the children in our Parish who are waiting to receive their First Holy Communion this year
Lord hear us….…
4. We thank God for all the times He has forgiven us our sins each day and especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We pray for the children in our Parish who are waiting to receive First Penance.
Lord hear us…
5 We thank God for the Sacrament of Holy Orders and for the gift of the Priesthood. We thank Him for the gift of vocations to the Priesthood and Religious Life given to so many families in our Parish. We pray for all Priests and especially for our two priests Fr. Des and Fr. Tom.
Lord hear us…
6. We thank God for the Sacrament of Matrimony and for the many graces of fidelity that He has given to so many people. We pray for those who are preparing to receive this Sacrament.
Lord hear us…
7. We thank God for the Sacrament of the Sick and for the strength and consolation it brings to those who receive it. We pray for all who are sick or housebound at this time, that they may know God’s caring love for them.
Lord hear us…
8. We pray for all who have died……………….
Conclusion:- Celebrant…. .