The Latin word for "commandment", is mandatum.
Jesus gives his disciples a new commandment...
"Love one another, as I have loved you."
~ John 13:34Holy Thursday. At the Holy Mass of the Lord's Supper, the Washing of the Feet takes place. The priest will humbly wash and kiss the feet of twelve selected men; these men are representing the twelve disciples. (I don't know why, but I tear every time I see this...it is so humbling and beautiful and I can just imagine Jesus and His disciples and everything...It is powerful.)
We have just celebrated three pillars of the Church:
1. The Sacrament of Holy Communion
2. The Priesthood
3. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday ends with the removal of the Body of Christ from the main tabernacle within the church. The Sacred Host (Communion Hosts) are placed in the Altar of Repose until the Mass of the Pre-sanctified, on Good Friday. There is no Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Good Friday. Anywhere.
The Altar is stripped bare. The bells are now silent.
Until the Easter Vigil, on Holy Saturday...
Thursday is also when I visit Like Mother, Like Daughter to find more contentment...
Today is also the quasi-anniversary date of my little blog. The actual date is April 21st, but it was on a Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday that I wrote my first post...four years ago.
I re-dedicate this blog to Our Mother, Mary and her Son. May she guide us and protect us always, and may Christ, Our Savior, be glorified now and forever.
A Blessed & Joyful Easter to All!