Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of the Eucharist as the true body and blood of Jesus Christ and the institution of the sacrament of the priesthood. These resources will help those at home, in schools and parishes to celebrate this very special day. This Mass may be viewed online at www.steugenescathedral.com/webcam.html
The Bishop and priests come together at the Diocesan Cathedral, on Holy Thursday morning to celebrate the Chrism Mass. During the Mass the Bishop and priests reaffirm their ministry by renewing the promises made at their ordination.
The Mass takes its name from the blessing of the Holy Oils used in the sacraments throughout the year, which are then given to priests to take back to their parishes.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
On Holy Thursday night we celebrate the Last Supper. We are around the table with Jesus. He invites everyone to this meal. In the reading at Mass we hear the words that Jesus said to his apostles, ‘Do this in memory of me.” The words are also being spoken to each person gathered to celebrate the Mass. And like the apostles, whose feet Jesus washed at that meal, we are all sent, to reach out in love to others, to serve others. Attend the Mass in your parish church or online. Mass times for the diocese can be found at www.derrydiocese.org
- Family Celebration of-the Washing of the Feet
- Creating a Last Supper Scene for Home
- Holy Thursday Craft Washing Feet Serving Others
- Guided Meditation on Washing of the Feet for Children
Garden of Gethsemane
At the end of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the altar is stripped and the Blessed Sacrament taken to the Altar of Repose. We are invited to spend time waiting with Jesus, during his ‘Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane’, before his arrest, to comfort him in his time of need.