Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Exodus 12.1-8, 11-14

The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron
in the land of Egypt, saying,
“This month shall be to you
the beginning of months.
It shall be the first month of the year to you.

Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying,
‘On the tenth day of this month,
they shall take to them every man a lamb,
according to their fathers’ houses,
one lamb per household;
and if the household is too little for a lamb,
then he and his neighbor next to his house
shall take one according to the number of the souls;
according to what everyone can eat
you shall make your count for the lamb.
Your lamb shall be without defect, a year old male.
You shall take it from the sheep or from the goats:
and you shall keep it
until the fourteenth day of the same month;
and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel
shall kill it at evening.
They shall take some of the blood,
and put it on the two door posts and on the lintel,
on the houses in which they shall eat it.
They shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire,
They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

This is how you shall eat it:
with your belt on your waist,
your shoes on your feet,
and your staff in your hand.
You shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s Passover.
For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night
and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt,
both man and animal.
Against all the gods of Egypt
I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.

The blood shall be to you
a token on the houses where you are:
and when I see the blood, I will pass over you,
and there shall be no plague
on you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt.
This day shall be to you a memorial,
and you shall keep it a feast to the Lord:
throughout your generations
you shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.’”

Responsorial – Psalm 116.12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18 Resp. 1 Cor 10:16

R. The cup of blessing is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

What will I give to the Lord
for all his benefits toward me?
I will take the cup of salvation,
and call on the name of the Lord.

R. The cup of blessing is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his saints.
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid.
You have freed me from my chains.

R. The cup of blessing is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and will call on the name of the Lord.
I will pay my vows to the Lord,
yes, in the presence of all his people,

R. The cup of blessing is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

Reading 2 – 1 Corinthians 11.23-26

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

Gospel – John 13.1-15

Before the feast of the Passover,
Jesus, knowing that his time had come
when he would depart from this world to the Father,
having loved his own who were in the world,
he loved them to the end.
During supper,
the devil having already put
into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him,
Jesus, knowing that the Father
had given all things into his hands,
and that he came from God and was going to God,
arose from supper and laid aside his outer garments.
He took a towel and wrapped it around his waist.
Then he poured water into the basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and to wipe them with the towel
that was wrapped around him.

Then he came to Simon Peter
who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?”
Jesus answered him,
“You do not know what I am doing now,
but you will understand later.”
Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet!”
Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you,
you have no part with me.”
Simon Peter said to him,
“Lord, not my feet only,
but also my hands and my head!”
Jesus said to him,
“Someone who has bathed
only needs to have his feet washed,
and is completely clean.
You are clean, but not all of you.”
For he knew him who would betray him,
therefore he said, “You are not all clean.”

So when he had washed their feet,
he put his outer garment back on,
and sat down again and said to them,
“Do you know what I have done to you?
You call me, ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord.’
You say so correctly, for so I am.
If I then, the Lord and the Teacher,
have washed your feet,
you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
For I have given you an example,
that you also should do as I have done for you.

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