Family Prayer, Thursday of the Mysteries
On Thursday of the Holy Mysteries Jesus had his Last Supper with his disciples and washed their feet. After the washing of the feet, Jesus went to Mount of Olives and spent his night there praying to His Father for his disciples and his Church so they may be one as He is one with His Father. On that day, Jesus instituted the Sacraments, especially the Sacrament of Eucharist and the Priesthood.
In the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
We pray for the sick and suffering, especially those infected with the coronavirus.
O Christ our Lord, your awaited day has dawned, the one on which you desired to eat the Passover with your disciples. Grant us to see you on the last day, the one you make us desire. Then you shall ask us to sit at your banquet table and we shall praise and glorify you forever. Amen.
A Reading from the Book of Exodus 12, 21 – 28
Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. When the Lord goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.
“Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. When you enter the land that the Lord will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the Lord, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’” Then the people bowed down and worshiped. The Israelites did just what the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron.’”
A Reading from the Gospel of John 4, 5 – 10
So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans). Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
Lord, the first time you asked for a drink was from the Samaritan woman. The second time, while on your cross. You are the fountain of living water! You are the fountain of all graces! Your thirst O Lord is not for water! Your thirst O Lord is for my love, for my inner self, for my faith, for my heart, for my soul! Your thirst is for my whole being. Here I am, O Lord, I am yours, forever! Amen.
Questions of reflection
Do I love the Lord with all my heart, all my soul, all my strength, and all my mind? How do I express that love for God? Do I love my neighbor as myself?
Let us adore, thank and praise the most holy and glorious Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Lord have mercy
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
O Lord, Sea of mercy and compassion, in the abundance of your grace, you give rest to the weary, relief to those who struggle, and support and protection to those who seek refuge in you. O Harbor of safety and salvation, save all those who, in true faith, reached the harbor of your holy Church. We offer glory and thanksgiving to you, now and forever. Amen.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.