Holy Thursday 2017 Diocese of Leeds
At the Cathedral as elsewhere in the diocese the great Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday. At this celebration in particular the Church repeats the words and gestures used by Our Lord on the evening of His last Passover meal, which he shared with the twelve Apostles. For two thousand years the Church’s liturgical tradition has followed the model of Jesus’ prayer on that evening when He consecrated bread and wine for his followers and instituted the Eucharist. Ever since the Church has followed His command to “Do this in memory of me.”
At this Mass, the bishop washes the feet of twelve people to symbolize Christ’s washing of his twelve Apostles, our first Bishop and Priest.
As is usual at the Cathedral during Holy Week a large congregation assembled for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which was celebrated by Bishop Marcus, Bishop of Leeds.
The Mass ended with the Blessed Sacrament being taken in procession from the sanctuary to the Lady Chapel where Pugin’s magnificent high altar from the old cathedral served as the Altar of Repose. Silent adoration was then kept until late into the evening and the time came for the Night Prayer of the Church to be said.
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