Thursday, 1 April 2010

Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday ends Jesus’ preaching ministry and leads directly to his Passion. A great number of events happen in one day’s time. They tell us much about Jesus and his love for us. Despite what he knew was going to happen, despite the fact that he knew he was going to be betrayed, and not just by Judas, he instituted the priesthood and gave his closest disciples his very being in the Mystical Supper.

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I shall not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.’ And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” Matthew 26:26–30

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