Thursday, March 24, 2016

366 Project - Day 84 - "Holy Thursday"

March 24, 2016 - "Holy Thursday"

This evening I walked to church for the Holy Thursday mass. It hurt. A lot, actually. By the time I arrived at the church my feet and legs were on fire... I was out of breath... extremely thirsty... and sweating so much that my shirt was soaked. There were quite a few times I didn't think I was going to make it - and almost considered calling it quits and whipping out my iPhone to call for help. With each pain, however, I thought to myself "This is nothing compared to what our Lord endured." If he could live and dive for love of me... surely I could manage the small sacrifice of finishing the walk to church.

I arrived at church an hour before mass - and quickly made my way to the restroom to clean up. Thankfully I had thought ahead enough to bring a change of clothes and a hand towel - and, for the sake of those who would have to sit around me, deodorant. I cleaned and changed and made my way into the church to pray.

The mass was, of course, beautiful. This year the "Washing of the Feet" was performed on the group of children who will be making their First Communion in a month or so. As Mass ended the entire congregation followed the Blessed Sacrament out of the church... around the building... and into the Chapel, where it was reposed. We knelt in adoration for a time... keeping watch with the Lord, before making our way home.

Tonight the altars will be stripped of their linens and all decorations in preparation for tomorrow's Celebration of the Passion of the Lord.

The Triduum has begun.

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