Holy Thursday: synthesis of Christianity

The Eucharistic celebration of Holy Thursday is a splendid compendium of theology, symbolism and catechesis: the liturgical action, the gestures, the sacred texts “explain” the essence and the meaning of being Christians.

At the Last Supper Jesus instituted the Eucharist, the spiritual food that guarantees communion with God, and at the same time the ministry of the priesthood. Moreover, he left the commandment of love to the disciples, based on self-denial, humility and service: exemplary the gesture of the washing of the feet.

Also the solemn Coena Domini of the Sanctuary has substantiated these themes that the liturgy and symbolism have strengthened and made more immediate to the large assembly present: at the beginning of the Mass, a rose was given to the concelebrants to emphasize the purity the scent of the presbyteral mission; in his homily, the Rector underlined the importance of a service to the brothers who “is real and not hypocritical, nourished by the bond with Christ and dedicated to the little ones”; the gesture of washing the feet recalled the great lesson that the Master left to the apostles – and to all Christians! – to follow him on the path of total generosity; the Altar of Reposition has been enriched by the splendid realization of a cup with the Holy Host, image of the Eucharist, the greatest of the Sacraments since it contains not only grace but also Jesus Christ, the author of grace and the sacraments.

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