The propers for Holy Week are rich in grace. There is a full set of propers (lessons, Introit, Gradual, etc.) for every day in Holy Week. They lead us to the cross and empty tomb in repentance and faith. Three of tonight’s propers for Maundy Thursday will guide our meditation this evening. The gradual, known in Latin as Christus Factus est (Christ was made obedient), traces the humiliation and exaltation of Christ. Our Epistle gives us the words instituting the Sacrament. And our Gospel lesson describes Jesus’ servitude on the night He was betrayed. A rich portrait of the life and work of Christ, the One who was made obedient unto death, even death on the cross.
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[Christ] delivered his sermons to the multitude for everybody as the apostles later did, so that every person heard them, believers and unbelievers; whoever caught it, caught it. We must do the same. But we are not to cast the Sacrament among the people in a crowd, as the pope has done. When I preach […]
We do not preach about the passion in order for people to become ingrates; but rather that they recognize our heavenly Father’s great love for mankind and his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we again gain the Father’s and the Son’s favor. For he who believes with his whole heart that Christ suffered […]
GOOD FRIDAY The earliest name for this day is Pascha and refers to the Jewish Pass-over celebrated at this time. Other names were Day of the Lord’s Passion, Day of the Absolution, and Day of the Cross. The name Good Friday is a peculiarly English expression and reflects the joy of completed redemption and protests […]
THURSDAY IN HOLY WEEK The commonest name for this day, Maundy Thursday, is derived from dies mandati, the Day of the Commandment, referring not only to the words of the Holy Gospel, “You also ought to wash one another’s feet,” but also to verse 34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love […]