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Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper [The Evening Mass] (ABC) – April 6th, 2023


Entrance Antiphon (Introit)

We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection,
through whom we are saved and delivered. (Galatians 6:14)

Entrance Song

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

My brother and sisters, to prepare ourselves to celebrate the mysterier, let us call to mind our sins.

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.

Lord, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy,
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy,

Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you,
we adore you, we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory.
Lord God, heavenly King, O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.

During the singing of the Gloria the church bells are rung and then remain silent until the Easter Vigil.


O God, who have called us to participate
in this most sacred Supper,
in which your Only Begotten Son,
when about to hand himself over to death,
entrusted to the Church a sacrifice new for all eternity,
the banquet of his love,
grant, we pray,
that we may draw from so great a mystery,
the fullness of charity and of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.



A reading from the Book of Exodus

It is the Lord’s Passover. (12:1-8,11-14)

The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 
“This month shall stand at the head of your calendar; 
you shall reckon it the first month of the year.
Tell the whole community of Israel: 
On the tenth of this month every one of your families
must procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.
If a family is too small for a whole lamb, 
it shall join the nearest household in procuring one 
and shall share in the lamb 
in proportion to the number of persons who partake of it.
The lamb must be a year-old male and without blemish.
You may take it from either the sheep or the goats.
You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, 
and then, with the whole assembly of Israel present, 
it shall be slaughtered during the evening twilight.
They shall take some of its blood 
and apply it to the two doorposts and the lintel 
of every house in which they partake of the lamb.
That same night they shall eat its roasted flesh 
with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
This is how you are to eat it: 
with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand,
you shall eat like those who are in flight.
It is the Passover of the LORD.
For on this same night I will go through Egypt, 
striking down every firstborn of the land, both man and beast,
and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt—I, the LORD!
But the blood will mark the houses where you are.
Seeing the blood, I will pass over you; 
thus, when I strike the land of Egypt, 
no destructive blow will come upon you.
This day shall be a memorial feast for you, 
which all your generations shall celebrate 
with pilgrimage to the LORD, as a perpetual institution.”

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


(Ps 116)

Response: Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

How shall I make a return to the LORD
    for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
R. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

Precious in the eyes of the LORD
    is the death of his faithful ones.
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
    you have loosed my bonds.
R. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
    and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
    in the presence of all his people.
R. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.


A reading from the first Letter of Paul to the Corinthians

For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. (11:23-26)

Brothers and sisters:
I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, 
that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, 
took bread, and, after he had given thanks,
broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, 
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, 
you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.


I give you a new commandment, says the Lord:
love one another as I have loved you. ( Jn 13:34 )


I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you. (13:1-15)

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

Glory to you, Lord.

Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper, 
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power 
and that he had come from God and was returning to God, 
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin 
and began to wash the disciples’ feet 
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, 
“Master, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later.”
Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him, 
“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
Simon Peter said to him, 
“Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.”
Jesus said to him, 
“Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
     for he is clean all over; 
so you are clean, but not all.”
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
So when he had washed their feet 
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, 
he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’  and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, 
you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow, 
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”

The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


Antiphons during the Washing of Feet:

  • After the Lord had risen from supper,
    he poured water into a basin
    and began to wash the feet of his disciples:
    he left them this example. (See John 13:4,5,15)
  • The Lord Jesus, after eating supper with his disciples,
    washed their feet and said to them:
    Do you know what I, your Lord and Master, have done for you?
    I have given you and example, that you should do likewise. (See John 13:12,13,15)
  • Lord, are you to wash my feet? Jesus said to him in answer:
    If I do not wash your feet, you will have no share with me.
    V. So he came to Simon Peter and Peter said to him:
    Lord, are you to wash my feet?
    V. What I am doing, you do not know for now
    but later you will come to know.
    Lord, are you to wash my feet? (John 13:6-8)
  • If I, your Lord and Master, have washed you feet,
    how much more should you wash each other’s feet? (John 13:14)
  • This is how all will know that you are my disciples:
    if you have love for one another.
    V. Jesus said to his disciples:
    This is how all will know that you are my disciples:
    if you have love for one another. (John 13:35)
  • I give you a new commandment:
    that you love one another
    as I have loved you, says the Lord. (John 13:34)
  • Let faith, hope, and charity, these three, remain among you,
    but the greatest of these is charity. (I Corinthians 13:13)


Our response is: Lord, hear us.

1. For the Church: that we may live like Jesus and spent our lives in loving service, washing the feet, carrying the burdens and comforting the brokenness of one another. Lord hear us.

2. For those who cannot eat at the table of the Lord: that our love and friendship may offer them communionin spirit, an experience of God’s love and nurturing support for life’s journey. Lord hear us.

3. For those who have nothing to eat or feel abandoned this night: that God will fill their emptiness, renew their spirit, and grant them peace of mind and heart. Lord hear us.

4. For all who are facing critical and difficult decisions this night:that God will light a path for them, give them strength, and help them to trust in God’s unconditional love them. Lord hear us.

5. For all who serve our daily needs, for those who care for the sick, for those who console the grieving, or who respond to emergencies:That God will renew their strength and fill them with peace. Lord hear us.


Offertory Song

Ant. Where true charity is dwelling, God is present there.

By the love of Christ we have been brought together:
let us find in him our gladness and our pleasure;
may we love him and revere him, God the living,
and in love respect each other with sincere hearts.
Ant. Where true charity is dwelling, God is present there.

So when we as one are gathered all together,
let us strive to keep our minds free of division;
may there be an end to malice, strife and quarrels,
and let Christ our God be dwelling here among us.
Ant. Where true charity is dwelling, God is present there.

May your face thus be our vision, bright in glory,
Christ our God, with all the blessed Saints in heaven:
such delight is pure and faultless, joy unbounded,
which endures through countless ages world without end.


Grant us, O Lord, we pray,
that we may participate worthily in these mysteries,
for whenever the memorial of this sacrifice is celebrated
the work of our redemption is acComplished.
Through Christ our Lord.


Preface I of the Most Holy Eucharist:
[The Sacrifice and the Sacrament of Christ]

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.
For he is the true and eternal Priest,
who instituted the pattern of an everlasting sacrifice
and was the first to offer himself as the saving Victim,
commanding us to make this offering as his memorial.
As we eat his flesh that was sacrificed for us,
we are made strong,
and, as we drink his Blood that was poured out for us,
we are washed clean.
And so, with Angels and Archangels,
with Thrones and Dominions,
and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven,
we sing the hymn of your glory,
as without end we acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…


Communion Antiphon

This is the Body that will be given up for you;
this is the Chalice of the new covenant in my Blood, says the Lord;
do this, whenever you receive it, in memory of me. (I Cor 11:24-25)


Grant, almighty God,
that just as we are renewed
by the Supper of your Son in this present age,
so we may enjoy his banquet for all eternity.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Hymn during the Transfer of the Most Blessed Sacrament:

1. Pange lingua gloriosi corporis mysterium, sanguinisque pretiosi quem in mundi pretium, fructus ventris generosi Rex effudit gentium. 
2. Nobis datus, nobis natus ex intacta Virgine, et in mundo conversatus sparso Verbi semine, sui moras incolatus miro clausit ordine. 
3. In supremae nocte cenae recumbens cum fratribus, observata lege plene cibis in legalibus, cibum turbae duodenae se dat suis manibus. 
4. Verbum caro panem verum Verbo carnem efficit, fitque sanguis Christi merum, et, si sensus deficit, ad firmandum cor sincerum sola fides sufficit. 
5. Tantum Ergo Sacramentum veneremur cernui,  et antiquum documentum novo cedat ritui;  praestet fides supplementum sensuum defectui. 
6. Genitori Genitoque laus et iubilatio, salus, honor, virtus quoque sit et benedictio; procedenti ab utroque compar sit laudatio. Amen. 

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