Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered...God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed. -Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
As I type this, it's Wednesday night, just hours before the observance of the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. For other moms (and dads!) that are searching for ways to really punctuate that in their hearts and homes, I've compiled a few things that we've shared on The Fish over the years, as well as a few new things. I hope you are blessed by the love of The Lamb, held by his love, and sanctified by his sacrifice as you walk these final hours with him during Holy Week, and then rise to new life on Resurrection Sunday. Here are a few things I pray will aide in the journey.
Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday)
Washing of the feet
Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."
John 12: 1-17
(Pope Francis washing the feet of AIDS patients as Bishop of Argentina.)
When you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the Lord's death, until He comes again.
1 Corinthians 11:26
Catholics recognize this day as the Institution of the Eucharist. It is a beautiful opportunity to pray the Amima Christi (also my favorite personal prayer after receiving Holy Communion)
Family menu idea:
A traditional Holy Thursday Seder meal always includes unleavened bread.
Maria Von Trapp's Unleavened Bread recipe.
Judas betrays Jesus. This poem, entitled "Two Mothers" shares the powerful reflection of Mary encountering the mother of Judas in heaven.
O Crux, ave spes unica! (Hail, O cross, our only hope!)