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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Mandatum novum do vobis: ut diligatis invicem

I just ache inside, and I think it's the Eucharist and foot washing that I need. But mostly I think it is the sitting for my hour tonight to pray and wait with Christ that I'm craving. I never "got" Easter until my first Good Friday liturgy. I never really "got" Good Friday until I sat in the dark on Maundy Thursday.

There is no waiting without the washing and the eating. We have to move through this from first to last.

Omnipotens Pater, cuius dilectus Filius, in nocte ante passionem, Sacramentum sui Corporis et Sanguinis instituit: Concede propitius ut idem grate accipiamus in memoriam eius qui in his sacrosanctis mysteriis pignus aeterne vitae nobis donat; per eundem Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti, Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

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