Above: The Last Supper, painting by Pascal Dagnan Bouveret (1852-1929)
Today, Holy Thursday, marks the first day of the Triduum and the end of the days of Lent.
By tradition, our Lenten journey has brought us to Christ’s table and the ritual we recreate at every Mass. Christ’s Last Supper, in many ways, has never ended, but goes on and on to feed His people, to refresh them in body and mind, to reinforce again and again his presence among us and literally inside of us.
We are each a home for Christ. Though he would leave us not once, but twice, we cling to Communion that brings us together as a Church family with the simple meal of bread and wine.
Without priests, this would not be possible.
Friends, pray always for priests to stand where Jesus stood and consecrate the supernatural feast for us so that we may be nourished until we meet again.
Thank you for joining us on this Lenten journey. May these sorrowful days until the miracle of Easter bring you ever closer to Christ.
St. Faustina's Prayer for Priests
Heavenly Father, grant that our priests be strengthened and healed
by the power of the Eucharist they celebrate.
May the Word they proclaim give them courage and wisdom.
We pray that all those whom they seek to serve
May see in them the love and care of Jesus,
Our Eternal High Priest, who is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
Mary, Mother of the Church, look tenderly upon your sons, our priests.
St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, pray for us all.
O my Jesus, I beg You on behalf of the whole Church:
Grant it love and the light of Your Spirit
and give power to the words of priests
so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance
and return to You, O Lord.
Lord, give us holy priests;
You Yourself maintain them in holiness.
O Divine and Great High Priest,
may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them
from the devil’s snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests.
May the power of Your mercy, O Lord,
shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests,
for You can do all things.