Parishioners and clergy at Our Lady of Ransom Parish in Northeast Philadelphia celebrated the institution of the holy Eucharist at the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 2. Father Thomas Nasta, pastor, was the main celebrant and also presided over the ceremonial washing of feet of his parishioners in imitation of Jesus’ act of loving service. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

Fr Thomas Nasta washes the feet of children, parents, grandparents and members of the deaf community to represent all the people of the parish

Father Thomas Nasta washes the feet of children, parents, grandparents and members of the deaf community to represent all the people of Our Lady of Ransom Parish.

Fr Thomas Nasta and Fr. Edward Rauch OSFS

Father Nasta presents the Eucharist during the Lamb of God, along with a concelebrating priest, Father Edward Rauch, O.S.F.S.

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Maria Rosario

Fr Thomas Nasta transfers the eucharist from the church

After Communion, Father Nasta transfers the Eucharist from the church to an altar of repose until the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.

Fr Thomas Nasta transfers the eucharist to the chapel

Father Nasta transfers the Eucharist in Our Lady of Ransom’s chapel.

Karen Moylan brings up the oil of the sick before mass to be place in the church

In a special rite, parishioners brought up the holy oils that had been consecrated earlier on Holy Thursday morning at the cathedral and placed them in the parish church for sacramental use throughout the year. Above, Karen Moylan brings up the oil of the sick.

 

David Moylan brings up the oil of the catechumens before mass to be place in the church

David Moylan brings up the oil of catechumens.

Oils of Sick Catechumens and Chrism brought to the church from the morning mass at the Cathedral

The oils of the sick, of catechumens and of chrism.

Dawn JJ and Jeff Gillard

From left, Dawn, JJ and Jeff Gillard participate in the Mass.

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Avonlea and Calvin Warner with their mother Jacqueleen Justiniano

Avonlea (left) and Calvin Warner with their mother Jacqueleen Justiniano.

Fr Thomas Nasta

Father Nasta incenses the altar at the start of Mass.

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Deacon Ralph Shirley, Fr. Thomas Nasta, Sr. Kathleen Schipani IHM

Sister Kathleen Schipani, I.H.M. (right), translates the Mass into sign language for the benefit of parishioners and guests of Our Lady of Ransom, as Father Nasta and Deacon Ralph Shirley (left) pray the liturgy.

lector Joann Jordan

Lector Joann Jordan

Donna Hanson listens to the readings

Donna Hanson listens to the readings.

Manuel Rivera

Manuel Rivera

Irena Jankowski, Jared Karen and David Moylan

From left, Irena Jankowski prays with Jared, Karen and David Moylan.

Deacon Ralph Shirley reads the Gospel

Deacon Ralph Shirley proclaims the Gospel.

Tom and Rita McCann

Tom and Rita McCann

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Avonlea Warner gets her feet washes by Fr Thomas Nasta

Avonlea Warner has her feet washed by Father Nasta.

Fr Thomas Nasta washes the feet of Francis McDermott as Maria Aviles watches

Father Nasta washes the feet of Francis McDermott as Maria Aviles watches.

Fr Thomas Nasta washes the feet of Jared Moylan

Father Nasta washes the feet of Jared Moylan.

Fr Thomas Nasta washes the feet of the people of the parish

Father Nasta washes the feet of the people of the parish.

Fr Thomas Nasta

Father Nasta incenses the altar during the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Deacon Ralph Shirley, Fr. Thomas Nasta, Fr. Edward Rauch OSFS

From left, Deacon Shirley, Father Nasta and Father Rauch.

Pilar, Elizabeth and Ed Leyva hold hands as they pray the Lord's Prayer

From left, Pilar, Elizabeth and Ed Leyva hold hands as they pray the Lord’s Prayer.