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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday
Holy Thursday is the most complex and profound of all religious rites, and provide only the eve of the Easter Holiday. It celebrates all of these institutions at the hands of Christ Himself of the Eucharist and the Foundation priesthood priesthood (as distinct from the 'priesthood of all believers') in this, the Last Supper with his disciples, and the celebration of Passover, which offered self-Holiday Easter victim, and every priest, even the present day and presents this same sacrifice, by Christ and the power to order, exactly the same way. Dinner was also the last farewell of Jesus Christ to his disciples gathered, some of whom would betray, desert or deny Him before the sun rises again.On Holy Thursday a special mass at the Church of the cathedral, also attended by several priests from the diocese can also attend, because it is the solemn commemoration of the institution Christ in the priesthood. In this bishop 'Chrism Mass' bless the Chrism oil used in Baptism and Confirmation. Bishop may wash the feet of twelve priests, to symbolize Christ's washing of the feet of the messengers, the first priests.
Celebrated the Liturgy of Holy Thursday, in the evening because of the Holiday of Easter began on sundown, also shows all of the attributes to God is humility of service, and the need for cleansing with water (a symbol of baptism) in the Mandatum, or in the washing of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, stripping the priest and the laundering of the altar. Cleansing, in fact, made this day of Holy Week Maundy name.
The work of the Church on this night also witnesses to the respect for the Church to provide the body of Christ in the consecrated host in the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, carried in solemn procession to the altar flowers covered the rest, where it will remain 'buried' until Communion service on Good Friday. Mass will be celebrated again in the Church until the eve of Easter Holiday announce the resurrection.
Finally, there is the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament by the people during the night, just as they stayed with the disciples of the Lord during his agony on the Mount of Olives before the betrayal of Judas.
There is an abundance of symbolism in the solemn commemoration of the events of Jerusalem on the layer by layer on Thursday, in the fact that we can not be for more than an indication that in these few words.

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