Thursday, April 5, 2012

Holy Thursday

Jesus Washes the Feet of His Disciples
from Gospel Book of Otto III
German (Reichenau), ca. 1000
Munich, Bayerisches Staatsbibliothek
MS CLM 4453

Although, in this Holy Week, I am writing about visual references to the Passion of Christ, I would not want to forget that, integral to the final days of His life are the events of the first night of Passover, which we commemorate tonight.

On that last night before He died, Jesus gave two incalculable gifts to the future:  His model of service and His Body and Blood. 

He modeled the kind of service that He wishes us to give to each other and to the world by washing the feet of His disciples.

And He gave His Body and Blood for all times in the first Eucharist.

Domenico Ghirlandaio, The Last Supper
Italian, ca. 1486
Florence, Convento di San Marco
See also my other essays on these subjects: Holy Thursday With Giotto -- Washing Feet
 and Corpus Christi -- Last Supper vs. Institution of the Eucharist

In the liturgy for Holy Thursday, the Church commemorates all three subjects and ends at Gethsemene.

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