Blessings to one and all on this Thursday in Holy Week. Today we celebrate Maundy Thursday, which is a feast that remembers the institution of the Holy Eucharist, today remembers as well the new command to love one another which is symbolized in the washing of feet. The celebration of the day ends in a somber tone by the stripping of the altar, which remembers the arrest and taking of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We have tried our best to provide worship and the ministry of the Church in these days of social isolation. We have made available the mass for Maundy Thursday (see links below). From 12pm until dark the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed right inside the doors of the Nave. The faithful are encouraged to walk by or drive by, stop and adore our Lord in the Sacrament, and say prayers. You do not have to come inside the parish… at the bottom of this resource page you will find a prayer to be said in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. In the evening, you are encouraged to eat your meal in a fashion that observes the day, and to wash one another’s feet. A devotion for use in the home has been prepared by Fr. Karl and is linked below.
Maundy Thursday Resources
Links to watch the mass for Maundy Thursday
- Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjmRr8NxXGEZkaPiUIUiaNA
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/saintjohnslaurel/
The bulletin for Maundy Thursday
Family Devotional from Fr. Karl: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LXJO4gFsjnGUyZmbPuUPeo5yLVApWtit/view?usp=sharing
Traditional information and customs: https://www.fisheaters.com/customslent13.html
Office Readings for the week: http://www.satucket.com/lectionary/2holywk_RSV.htm
Fletcher Horne’s Gofundme page to feed local hospital workers: https://www.gofundme.com/f/feedthefrontline-laurel
Prayer Before the Blessed Sacrament
I hear thy voice, O Lord Jesus, saying: “Come unto me, all ye that travail and are heavy-laden, and I will refresh you.” I come unto thee weary and laden with my sins and with the cares and distractions of the world. Let me rest awhile in thy sacred presence; let my heart find rest in thy most Sacred Heart. Let me lie safe there and be at rest. Let nothing separate me from thee, here in this world or in the world to come. Amen.