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Panhandling for Notre Dame Cathedral, (National Review, dated 1 September, 2017


“So what is the attitude to Notre Dame? Though the French state is its owner, it will not spend the money for necessary repairs.” 

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O Lord, in this wondrous Sacrament You have left us a remembrance of Your passion. Grant that we may so receive the sacred mystery of Your body and blood that the fruits of Your redemption may continually be manifest in us; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Exodus 24:3-11, Psalm 116:12-19, 1 Corinthians 11:  23-32, St. Matthew 26:  17-30


Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 116:12-19, 1 Corinthians 11:23-32, John 13:1-17, 31b-35

“Maundy” is derived from the Latin “mandatum”, or commandment (as in “mandate”).  On this 1st of the 3 days of our salvation, Triduum, the Lord Jesus gave 2 commandments:

1.  When He washed His disciples feet He said, A new commandment that you love one another.  The sense of the Greek is that the new commandment is SO THAT you love another, which would mean the new commandment is to wash each other’s feet.  IN that way we love each other and show forth His love to all.  

2. When He broke the bread and gave the Cup, He gave us His body and blood with the words, “Do this”.  The Holy Communion is not optional, but a command.  In Jewish tradition the 2 candles on the dining table represent:  Command and Remembrance.  Yes! “Do this, in remembrance of Me.”  As we are to serve one another the Lord serves us His Body and Blood till He comes again in glory.  His Church is called to serve the Dinner:  the Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper, the Mass and serve one another. In St. Luke’s reportage of this holy evening and giving of the Holy Cmmunion(chapter 23), he tells us this:
“24 A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.” He is still with us as One Who serves as He is risen!

The two sets of readings for this holy day are about the vertical and horizontal dimension of the Holy Communion of the Church:  kneeling to receive the Sacrament of the Altar and kneeling to wash each other’s feet. In many of the icons of the Lord washing Peter’s feet, Peter has his hand to his forehead as if he saying, “Oh, my!” (see the image above!). We might say, I’ll kneel to no man! I’m too proud and yet when I am sick or down, I am so glad when a friend in Christ is there to serve me in knelt-felt Christ-like love. Here is the Lord who knelt to all men to save us from our selves lost in sin and death. This is the Lord God who knelt to wash His disciples feet, His creatures’ feet.  The Lord who knelt to feed us His Body and Blood. The Lord who knelt in prayer. Can we do any less? He calls us to Himself as His kneeling Church.

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