On Holy Thursday the Church commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his apostles in the upper room the night before his saving passion and death on the cross. Gathering with the Twelve to eat the Passover meal together, Jesus gives to the Church the sacrament of the Eucharist and the priesthood this night. "This is my body...this is my blood...Do this in remembrance of me."
At a bilingual Mass at 7:30 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish, Father Killian noted that by instituting the Eucharist and the priesthood together Jesus shows us that he is truly Emmanuel, God with us. Through the Holy Eucharist, he binds us to himself and to one another. Both the Eucharist and the priesthood will remain until the end of time when Christ comes again.
"Lord, you who permit us to enjoy in this life the Supper instituted by your Son, grant us to share also the heavenly banquet in your Kingdom, through Jesus Christ, our Lord." (Prayer after Communion, Holy Thursday)