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As we enter into the Triduum, the final preparation for the Easter Resurrection, we walk closely with Christ. We begin tonight with the Mass of the Last Supper of the Lord, recalling the gift of the Christ Himself in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

The Song is ‘O Sacrum Convivium’, based on the words of Saint Thomas Aquinas (arranged by Thomas Tallis):

O sacrum convivium!
in quo Christus sumitur:
recolitur memoria
passionis ejus
mens impletur gratia
et futurae gloriae
nobis pignus datur
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
O sacred banquet!
in which Christ is received,
the memory
of his Passion is renewed,
the mind is filled with grace,
and a pledge of future glory
to us is given.
Alleluia.

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Let us reflect on this great gift, that strengthens us, that we may walk closely with Christ, and grow to imitate Him through our love for one another.

Blessed Triduum.

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UPDATE: In his homily during the Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper, Pope Benedict asks us, “Do we really desire him? Are we anxious to meet him? Do we desire to encounter him, to become one with him, to receive the gifts he offers us in the Holy Eucharist?”

Father Zuhlsdorf gives his commentary to the Pope’s homily here.

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