Catching Up On Easter – Holy Thursday

A Handmaid News, Triduum

Monastic life, by design, does not always lend itself to instant sharing and media updates. Thus it is only now as we move through Spring, are we sharing more photos from the beautiful Triduum services we were privileged to enjoy. What is the Triduum? Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. The three most intense liturgical days of the year leading up to the Feast of Feasts, Easter, that needs fifty full days to celebrate it!

Mass of Our Lord’s Supper and Preparations for His Departure:

After the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Blessed Sacrament (the Consecrated Hosts we are to consume on Good Friday’s Communion service) is removed to an altar of repose in Mater Dei Oratory with a simple procession and sung hymns.

Recalling that Last Supper with his first religious family, the Apostles:

After Mass on Holy Thursday we mark the day with somber and reverent recollection that it was on this day that Our Lord instituted the Priesthood and the Eucharist in the once-a-year Agape Meal. The meal is preceded by a reflection by the Mother Prioress on the Holy Week mysteries we are living through as well as relating it to our life as a religious family. We then process to the refectory and take our places while chanting Ubi Caritas a capella. The meal is eaten silently by candlelight and a small glass of wine is taken. Afterwards we process singing a eucharistic hymn before each Sister receives Mother’s blessing.