Today is a strange day, a fact that should never be forgotten! As a Roman Catholic today began last night at 7 pm with the starting of the Holiest of the Liturgical phases of the Catholic year: Holy or Maundy Thursday liturgy commemorating the institution of the Holy Eucharist, the washing of the disciple’s feet by Our Lord, Jesus – then the betrayal of Judas Iscariot in the Garden of Gethsemane.
For those who wish to reflect upon the mysteries and spiritual lessons to be gained from this period of history: Catholic liturgy is explained very well and showcased by the following video from last year (2020) during the season of Covid-19 lockdowns in Australia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqbwH6GExUQ
I am using an Australian streaming service: Stan, to watch the Passion of the Christ (2004) today with my little girl – Lily, even though she is far to young to grasp all of the significance, I am confident she knows I believe Jesus loves her more than I do, more than she loves me as well I hope. I am working methodically to inculcate faith into her life not so much by words as by example, personal witness, personal holiness and my own faith being shared in my behaviours which I pray she will also remember as she matures into a young girl and grows up.
My wife – Jess, will attend the 3 pm Passion of Our Lord service alone while I let Lily sleep, as its still her usual nap time, (FYI today’s liturgy is not a Mass – there is no consecration but instead a subdued reception of last night’s consecrated ‘hosts’ – which Catholics such as myself believe to literally be the body and blood of Jesus which is spiritually made available for our consumption, in order to strengthen our bodies and spirits to be Christ’s witnesses to an unbelieving world and for the salvation of our souls into eternity).
I truly hope and pray that all who read or engage with my Blogs have a Holy and Happy Easter – Christus Resurrexit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhVJhqLMvdw
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