The Holy Thursday Commemoration & Its Significance
HOLY THURSDAY – Here is the significance of the celebration or commemoration of Holy Thursday as part of the Holy Week religious events.
One of the religious events that is widely-observed across the globe is the Holy Week celebration. It is the time when Christians commemorate the events leading to the death of the Lord Jesus Christ. During this time, the Church is holding several events that gather the crowd.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic now which has shaken several healthcare systems across the globe, church activities are limited. Meanwhile, every Christian may still reflect and commemorate the passion of the Lord Jesus Christ at home.
One of the parts of the Holy Week is the Holy Thursday. It is the commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. It is also when the sacrament of the Holy Communion was established. It is also a commemoration of Christ’s institution of the priesthood.
During the Last Supper or also called as Passover meal, Jesus Christ broke the bread and gave it to his Disciples while saying, “This is my body, which is given for you.” After the breaking of the bread, he passed a cup filled with wine and said, “This is my blood.”
The bread and the wine which symbolize the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ are the foods for eternal life. In Catholic masses, Catholics believe that the unleavened bread and the wine are transformed into body and blood of the Son of God.
Usually, the Holy Thursday celebration includes vigil in the presence of the Eucharist. Masses are held around the globe and there are re-enactments of the washing of the feet of the Disciples. Jesus, the Son of God, washed the feet of his Disciples. In the present-day re-enactment of the religious event, priest wash the feet of the 12 men taking the role of the Disciples.
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