Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Last evening, my wife and I attended Holy Thursday Mass at Ascension Parish in Oak Park, IL. What a rich, beautiful, and moving experience! A profound beginning to the Triduum experience!

The Washing of the Feet is particularly profound since all in the congregation are invited to come forward and wash one another’s feet. Families often come up together to wash one another’s feet. Joanne and I take advantage of this opportunity to wash each other’s feet…very moving.

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The procession of the Blessed Sacrament is very reverent and moves to the strains of Pange Lingua sung by all and accompanied by their incredible choir and musicians.

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The altar of repose is beautifully decorated and worshippers remain in silence to adore the Blessed Sacrament.

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Next, we continue the Holy Thursday tradition of visiting churches…this is St. Bernardine Parish in Forest Park. We also visited 4 other parishes on our way home.

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Here is the stripped altar and sanctuary of St. Bernardine parish.

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About Joe Paprocki 2360 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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