Your Holy Thursday Sermon Notes 2020

I am sure that many of you watched a live stream of a Holy Thursday Mass.

Was there a good point made in the sermon? Let us know what it was! Let’s build each other up and feed each other with good points we heard.

For my part…

Here’s the whole Mass.

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  1. monstrance says:

    Thank you Fr Z.
    Magnificent Vestments

  2. Discerning Altar Boy says:

    Father John Berg, FSSP, pastor of the Church of Saint Mary on Broadway in Providence, RI, knocked it out of the park today. First he noted that every great feast of the Lord starts with penitential violet and ends in festal white. Today should feel peculiar to us, because it is an inversion of that principle.
    Father’s next point was the the Eucharist images three characteristics of God’s love for us. It shows that Divine charity is unitive, sacrificial, and constant. Our love should try to be the same.
    The last point was a particularly poignant call to not take the sacraments for granted, especially in light of this current crisis.

  3. I spoke first about the meaning of this observance: this is when the Lord Jesus instituted the priesthood and the Sacrifice of the Mass, and you can’t have one without the other. I explained why we believe that the Mass truly is a sacrifice and the Eucharist is our sharing in it, our sharing in Jesus’ Cross.

    Then I talked about the bitterness of this Holy Thursday, and the amazing fact that all over the world, churches are empty, and that very likely, this is the first time such a thing has ever happened since Jesus gathered with the Apostles. As such, this is surely a sign, but I am neither smart nor holy enough to say what it means; but it *is* a sign and we do well to be alert to it.

    But whatever God is saying, it isn’t, “I’m done with you,” but rather, “I’m still here!” The Mass continues, so Jesus remains with us all the same. I encouraged everyone to keep courage; and that God has given us such a powerful sign is a thrilling thing to consider.

  4. Paul says:

    Father Z, watching you last night brought me hope.

    I am a lost sheep and because of you I am now committed to the TLM. I will always thank Vicki McKenna for helping me find you.

    When you apologized for Priests and Clergy and what we are all going through, it brought tears to my eyes. I was feeling disappointment and sometimes animosity over confession by appointment in my church, having to watch Mass by video and government control over my faith during Holy Week. The Church is doing what it can but I thought all disciples of Jesus Christ would be a little more forceful in leading the flock during this pandemic. I wonder how many others will follow your lead this week and in the future? Even if most don’t I know you spoke for everyone. God Bless you.

    I know I was wrong and in my confession will ask God to forgive me for my thoughts and feelings towards the Church and some who lead us. I guess in today’s world right now, it is what it is but in my selfish love for God and the death of Jesus Christ, I must pray for everyone, Priests, leaders of this country and all Gods children to confess our sins.

    You softened my heart and I will never forget your words last night. We will get through this and I know you will remind us all, go to confession and when this is over, go to church every Sunday.

    I pray for you daily which is all I can do right now.
    Thank you again and God Bless you.
    See you later today even if it only by video.

  5. Paul: I am very grateful for your comment.

  6. seeker says:

    Fr. Z, Thank you for that sermon. The knowledgeable exegesis one has come to expect from you, but the apology was unexpectedly vulnerable and got me where I didn’t know I needed it.

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