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Bishop Burbidge Celebrates Mass of the Lord’s Supper

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The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge began the Easter Triduum with the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh. During the three days, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, the faithful reflect the ultimate gift of love God gives to each of us, through the death and resurrection of His Son.

“Holy Thursday is all about love,” Bishop Burbidge said in his homily, “a love that is so great that Jesus gives us the gifts of the Eucharist and Priesthood and an example of humble service to imitate.” Reflecting on the reading from St. Paul (1 Cor 11:23-26), Bishop Burbidge said, “What love the Lord has for us in giving us the Eucharist. Pray tonight, dear friends, that throughout the Church and our Diocese and in our very lives the Eucharist will be firmly believed, devoutly celebrated and intensely lived.”

Continuing with the theme of love, Bishop Burbidge noted, “The Priesthood is all about love.” He cited the example Jesus gives to each of us in His expression of love for His disciples when he knelt and washed their feet. In expressing gratitude for the Lord’s love for each of us, Bishop Burbidge concluded, “May we be ever faithful to the Lord who washed the feet of His disciples and said, “What I have just done for you is to give you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.’”

Following the homily, Bishop Burbidge washed the feet of 12 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.