Home Features Calendar - Lent Holy Thursday By The Editors April 9, 2009 Return to the Lent calendar. Holy Thursday Two things are central to Holy Thursday. First, we are reminded of the Last Supper and the final period of time that Jesus shared with his disciples. In three of the four gospels we hear about how Jesus took bread and broke it and blessed a cup of wine saying “this is my body; this is my blood. Do this to remember me.” In the Gospel of John however, the central moment of Jesus’ final evening with his disciples is not the Eucharistic meal (which in fact is not even mentioned) but rather, the washing of the disciples’ feet. This moment get re-enacted at Mass after the homily and also reminds us of the second thing that gets emphasized on Holy Thursday: the institution of the priesthood. Jesus commissions His disciples to continue the ritual they share at the Last Supper and he tells the twelve gathered there that whenever two or more are gathered in His name, He is there present among them. Our priests today offer that same ritual, the sacrifice of Christ himself every time they celebrate mass. Tonight we recall that first Eucharist and are grateful to our priests who continue this saving work for all of us. Make sure to check out Good Friday now! Fast from pride. Pray for humility and to contemplate Christ’s washing the feet of his disciples. Give $10 for those less fortunate to your FastPrayGive Bowl. (Your FastPrayGive Bowl is a container you’ve set aside to hold the money saved from various fasting challenges, to be used for whatever charity you choose at the end of Lent.) Make sure to check out Good Friday now! Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook. Today’s Prize is: a copy of The Green Bible To see a list of the winners so far, click here. To win today’s prize: Give us your name and email address along with the email address of one friend you’d like to introduce to BustedHalo.com® (or now, you can put your name in both spaces) using the form below by 3 a.m. EST tonight. (We will, in turn, send them one email asking them to register for our Busted Halo® weekly email updates. We do not SPAM people nor do we share our email lists with any third parties. Read contest rules here.) Return to the Lent calendar.