Thursday, April 18, 2019


Some ancient calendars call this day “the birthday of the chalice” for it was in the evening of this day that the Lord’s Supper was instituted and Jesus gave his command that we “do this” until he comes again. Tonight, the great and holy Triduum (Latin, “three days”) begins, the three-day celebration of Christ’s passage through death into life.

In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

In the morning: Psalm 142

In the evening: Psalm 102

Read hymn  “Of the glorious body telling”

Read one or more of the following lessons:

Exodus 12:1-14,  1 Corinthians 11:23-26,  John 13:1-17, 31b-35

In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus

In the evening: Magnificat

Prayer of the Day

Holy God, source of all love, on the night of his betrayal our Lord Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them: By your Spirit write this commandment in our hearts; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit to lead a holy life
For the remembrance of our baptism
For a deepened love of the Holy Communion
For the gift of love
For the grace of humility

Our Father…

The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.