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Thursday, April 09, 2009

O Most Holy of Nights

This night, our Lord institutes the Eucharist and the Church's Holy Priesthood. We begin a liturgy that will not conclude until the Easter Vigil. No sports championship or reality series finale can claim a speck of the excitement these upcoming days should bring us.

If you don't know about the richness of the liturgy that begins tonight, look it up. The beauty of the Church and the wonder of the salvation we hope for is contained in these next several days.

Create some traditions, go to all the services you can, watch the Passion, spend Saturday preparing your hearts and homes in quiet toil, and share Easter Sunday in the company of family and friends - like the Apostles gathered in the upper room, waiting, though they knew not for what. Experience the redemption of the whole world, including every emotion that can come along with it. This is the drama of dramas, and the happiest, most blessed series of terrible wonderous events we can ever know.

Oh, yeah, go thank a priest on this Holy Thursday as well.

On the night of that Last Supper,
seated with His chosen band,
He the Pascal victim eating,
first fulfills the Law's command;
then as Food to His Apostles
gives Himself with His own hand.

Word-made-Flesh, the bread of nature
by His word to Flesh He turns;
wine into His Blood He changes;-
what though sense no change discerns?
Only be the heart in earnest,
faith her lesson quickly learns.

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