May 31, 2024     5:15 am
88. Week of Quinquagesima Sunday - Wednesday
Last Supper
          As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you show the Lord's death till He come.   1 Corinthians 11:26
          As they were eating, when the paschal meal was almost over, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and broke it, and gave a piece of it to each of His disciples, saying: "Take, eat." While thus dividing the bread, and as the disciples were eating, He said: "This is my body, which is given for you." And when all had eaten, He said: "This do in remembrance of me." In the same way also He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to the disciple sitting nearest to Him, saying: "Drink ye all of it." And while they all drank, one by one, He said: "This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." And when all had drunk, He said again: "This do, as often as ye drink it, in remembrance of me." We know that here the Lord Jesus instituted the Holy Communion of the New Testament, which was to take the place of the typifying paschal meal of the Old Testament. And in all Christendom this is to be celebrated to the end of time. In Holy Communion, Jesus, who is the true Lamb of God, under the bread and wine, gives us His body, which was given into death for us, and His blood, which was shed for us. In Holy Communion the Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world, gets into the closest possible communion with us; we receive His body and blood, and with it the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. Here we must in true faith joyously hail our Saviour, remember His salutary death, and by an open profession proclaim His death by virtue of which we have been redeemed. Ah, how well do we own Him who in the fullness of time came to suffer and to die for us!
          PRAYER: - O Lamb of God, Lord Jesus Christ, I thank You that of Your great mercy toward me poor sinner You have instituted a supper where I receive the food and drink of eternal life, Your body, sacrificed for me, and Your blood, shed for me. Grant that I may often approach this Holy Supper with true hunger and thirst, that I may receive forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation through You, and, firmly believing, comfort myself with such salvation. And grant me grace, I beseech You, to adorn such faith with a frank profession of Your blessed name and with a Christian walk, until You will come to seat me at the tables You have prepared for me in the blissful mansions above. Amen

First Part : Festival Season
May 31, 2024     5:15 am