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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates Mass of the Lord’s Supper

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Holy Thursday. The Mass began the Easter Triduum, marking the end of the season of Lent and the start of a three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus, in which the faithful are called to reflect upon the ultimate gift of love God has given to each of us.

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge noted that Holy Thursday Mass celebrates the Institution of the Eucharist and the Institution of the Priesthood. “The Eucharist is our strength and comfort, however, it is also our challenge.” The Bishop pointed to the day’s Gospel reading from John, who he said, “reminds us of the demands of the Eucharist: we who receive the Body and Blood of Jesus must be ready and willing to imitate His humble and selfless service even to the point of washing the feet of one another.”

Bishop Burbidge cited the outpouring of support and assistance to those who lost loved ones and possessions as a result of recent outbreak of tornadoes. He said, “Our Diocese is known for its generous service, especially to those in need.” He said, let us make “a firm resolve to imitate the humble service of Jesus, who washed the feet of His disciples and who says to us: ‘What I have just done is to give you an example to follow, and as I have done so must you do.’”

Following the homily, Bishop Burbidge washed the feet of members of the community. At the end of Mass, the Bishop removed the Blessed Sacrament from the main altar and in procession placed it on the Altar of Repose, where Adoration was prayerfully observed until midnight.

Above: Bishop Burbidge, assisted by Deacon Michael Alig, preparing to remove the Blessed Sacrament from the main altar.

Above: Bishop Burbidge placing the Blessed Sacrament on the Altar of Repose.