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“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
O God, who anointed your Only Begotten Son with the Holy Spirit and made him Christ and Lord, graciously grant that, being made sharers in his consecration, we may bear witness to your Redemption in the world. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14; Psalm 116; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; John 13:1-15
You gave us an example to imitate.
Holy Thursday is one of the truly marvelous days in our faith community. We celebrate the gift of the love of Jesus, given to us for our nourishment – given to us as an example of self-less love.
In our prayer today, we let our Lord wash our feet – love us unconditionally – and we let Jesus be broken and given for us. We pray that we might be faithful to the one commandment of Jesus – that we might love others in the same way that we have been loved.
Where charity and love are found, there is God. – Holy Thursday Antiphon.
You went up to Jerusalem to suffer and so enter into your glory, – bring your Church to the Passover feast of heaven.
You were lifted high on the cross and pierced by the soldier’s lance, – heal our wounds.
You made the cross the tree of life, – give its fruit to those reborn in baptism.
On the cross you forgave the repentant thief, – forgive us our sins.
Loving Provider, you gather me in this upper room with your son, to be fed by your love. At that supper, Jesus told us to “love one another” and I know that is the heart of his gift, his sacrifice for me. I ask that I might find the source of my own heart, the meaning for my own life, in that Eucharist. Guide me to the fullness of your love and life.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
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