With the celebration of Mass on the evening of Holy Thursday, the Church begins the Easter Triduum, the holiest three days of the year.
The Mass recalls the Last Supper at which the Lord Jesus, on the night He was betrayed, showing His love for those who were His own in the world, gave His Body and Blood under the species of bread and wine offering them to His Father. He gave them to the Apostles so that they might partake of them. He commanded them and their successors in the priesthood to perpetuate this offering.
Even though we are not able to receive the Blessed Sacrament this Holy Week, we can take part in the offering by joining our prayers with the prayer of the priest as he joins himself with Jesus’ offering of Himself for the whole world.
Maundy Thursday – Watching at the Altar of Repose
While we can pray before the Blessed Sacrament online at our own Parish Church the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have agreed that St. Chad’s Cathedral in Birmingham will be the focus of national coverage of Watching on Holy Thursday. If you want to join with the wider Catholic community, then go to: www.stchadscathedral.org.uk