HOLY THURSDAY     GOOD FRIDAY     HOLY SATURDAY

April 9-11, 1998            volume 9, no. 71
DAILY CATHOLIC for 

April 9-11, 1998
EASTER TRIDUUM ISSUE

HOLY
THURSDAY
Holy Thursday
"This is My Body...
This is My Blood"
      Today is the Solemnity of the Mass of the Lord's Supper marking the institution of the Holy Eucharist when Jesus took bread, offered it to His Apostles and said, "Take this, all of you, and eat it: This is My Body." Then, as the priest says at every Mass, "He took the cup, filled with wine. Again He gave You thanks, gave the cup to His disciples, and said: "Take this, all of you, and drink from it: This is the cup of My Blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for you and for all so that sins may be forgiven. Do this in memory of Me." These words, repeated at every Mass are the essence of confecting the bread and wine into the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. Today we focus on "why" the Blessed Sacrament in our special liturgical page for Holy Thursday. For today's readings, lesson and liturgy, click on LITURGY OF FOR HOLY THURSDAY

The Trinity and the Trilogy: A Season of Gift-giving!
     During this trilogy of days called the Easter Triduum we commemorate and celebrate the very essence of our faith for the Trinity gave us the greatest Gift we could ever receive: the opportunity for life everlasting! The Daily CATHOLIC offers a small gift that pales in comparison to that, but nevertheless should be encouraging for potential subscribers. The addition of the full trilogy of the Meditative Lessons on the Mysteries of the Rosary with every ANNUAL PASSPORT. In addition, we detail changes that will go into effect next week. For our editorial No greater Gift could anyone receive, click on today's CATHOLIC PewPOINT

First the Cross, then the Crown
Sister Mary Lucy Astuto     That is the subject and gist of Sister Mary Lucy Astuto'scolumn during this Easter Triduum for we must be willing to wear Christ's crown of thorns before we can share His Heavenly Crown. Sister reminds us that perseverance pays off and the beautiful liturgy of this Triduum illustrates that all so clearly. Click on GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER

PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer is the most beautiful prayer - the Anima Christi or "Soul of Christ" in honor of the institution of the Holy Eucharist.

      "Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within Thy wounds hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from Thee. From the malignant enemy defend me. In the hour of my death, call me. And bid me come to Thee. That with Thy Saints I may praise Thee forever and ever. Amen."



PROVERB OF THE DAY
"Those who love Me I also love, and those who seek Me find Me...My fruit is better than gold, yes, than pure gold, and My revenue than choice silver."
Proverbs 7: 17, 19



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GOOD
FRIDAY
He died for us
There can be no glory without the Cross!"
     No day is reserved for more fasting, abstinence, penance and silence than Good Friday for it is a day of great reverence in commemorating the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Today we bring you the veneration of the Cross with the Consecration of the Cross and the Easter Triduum Novena. We follow that up below with the Meditation of His Blessed Mother on Meditative Lesson #22 "It is Consummated!". For the readings and liturgy of Good Friday, click on LITURGY FOR GOOD FRIDAY

"Father, Forgive them..."
Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit [graphic by Chris Curd]
      Today we bring you the final part of Meditative Lesson #22 "IT IS CONSUMATED!" - the climactic chapter of Our Lord's Passion and Death with the Blessed Mother's Meditation on this chapter. Here Our Lady pours out her heart and shows the same compassion and love exhibited by her Divine Son as He hung there expiring on the Cross. These meditative lessons, imparted by Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart during Lent of 1993, are meant to inspire and prompt a greater understanding of the season of Lent, especially on Good Friday to better understand the meaning of His Passion and Death, and ultimately the glorious Resurrection. Click on "IT IS CONSUMMATED!"

PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer was imparted from Our Lady to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on Good Friday 1991

      "O my Jesus, I prostrate myself humbly at the foot of Thy Holy Cross. I adore You. I love You, my Lord and God. I grieve because it is my sins which caused You to suffer such abominations; to shed Your Most Precious Blood for me that I might be forever free of the bondage of sin and satan, and inherit the Kingdom of Heaven for all eternity. Hear my humble plea, Jesus, and pour down upon me the Mantle of Thy Most Precious Blood, that united to Your Sacred Passion, I may atone for my sins, and receive full pardon for them. By the water and blood which flowed from Thy Sacred Body, may I henceforth be strengthened in my faith, made fervent in my hope, and on fire with Divine Love for You. Grant to me, Dear Jesus, the privilege of remaining ever at the foot of Thy Cross, which is the Way of Salvation."

For the STATIONS OF THE CROSS today, click on
WAY OF THE CROSS



NOVENA OF DIVINE MERCYFirst Day of the Novena of Divine Mercy
     Today we begin the Novena of Divine Mercy which will conclude with DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY next week. This Novena was imparted to Blessed Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun of the 1930's who is known as the "Apostle of Mercy." For this first day of the Novena and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, click on DIVINE MERCY NOVENA

PROVERB OF THE DAY
"Take good care of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for wealth lasts not forever, nor even a crown from age to age."
Proverbs 27: 23-24


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HOLY
SATURDAY
Holy Saturday
Light of ChristLumen Christi"Lumen Christi! The Light of Christ"
     The anticipation of the Resurrection overflows with the most beautiful liturgies in the Church - the Easter Vigil Mass. Today we bring you "The Significance and Beauty of the Easter Vigil" for from the darkness the Light of Christ shines forth. After centuries of waiting and hoping, all expectations are fulfilled with the opening of Heaven's doors to all who had been in limbo since the time of Adam and Eve. For us it is a day of great joy and celebration, rejoicing at the new catechumens and a renewal of our Baptismal vows. For the moving liturgy, readings and meditation of Holy Saturday, click on LITURGY FOR HOLY SATURDAY

PRAYERS & DEVOTION
Today's prayer contains the Renewal of our Baptismal Vows
      "Almighty and eternal God! Thou knowest all things: Thou seest the very bottom of my heart, and Thou knowest that, however sinful I have hitherto been, I am resolved, by the help of Thy grace, to love and serve Thee for the remainder of my life. And therefore, O my God, kneeling before the throne of Thy Mercy, I renew, with all the sincerity of my soul the promises and vows made for me in my baptism. I renounce satan with my whole heart, and will henceforth have no connection with him. I renounce all the pomps of satan, that is, all the vanities of the world, the false treasures of its riches, honors and pleasures, and all its corrupt teachings. I renounce all the works of satan, that is, all kinds of sins. To Thee alone, O my God, I desire to cling; Thy word will I hear and obey; for Thee alone I desire to live and to die. Amen."



Second Day of the Novena of Divine Mercy
     We continue with the Second Day of the Novena of Divine Mercy which will conclude with DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY next week. This Novena was imparted to Blessed Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun of the 1930's who is known as the "Apostle of Mercy." For this second day of the Novena and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, click on DIVINE MERCY NOVENA



Medjugorje
Monthly Message for
March 25th
Mt. Krizivec
   Dear children! Also today I call you to fasting and renunciation. Little children, renounce that which hinders you from being closer to Jesus. In a special way I call you: Pray, because only through prayer will you be able to overcome your will and discover the will of God even in the smallest things. By your daily life, little children, you will become an example and witness that you live for Jesus or against Him and His will. Little children, I desire that you become apostles of love. By loving, little children, it will be recognized that you are mine. Thank you for having responded to my call.
For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE


PROVERB OF THE DAY
"When the tempest passes, the wicked man is no more; but the just man is established forever."
Proverbs 10: 25


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