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Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Look at this image.  What do you notice immediately?  Now look again at the metalwork of the window.  The thorns, the chalice and host, the city Jerusalem, the cross on the altar.  Now what do you see?

Reflect. This window behind the altar of the church of Dominus Flevit, translated as “The Lord Wept,” shows the symbols of bread and wine, representing the sacrament that Jesus instituted on the night before he died.  Consider what the Holy Eucharist means for you, or has meant at some time…or think about some other sacramental ritual or object that connected you intimately with the Divine One. 

Act.   On this Maundy Thursday, we remember the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist.  At the same time, we are called to remember Jesus’ words of servanthood, as he washed his disciples’ feet that night, “do as I have done unto you.”  Whose feet will you wash today?

Thanks for taking part in New and Contrite Hearts. Your comments are very welcome—let others know what you saw and experienced. Until next time, may you have a most blessed Lent.

Music: “Ambient Sonata”  /Album:  Ambient Sonata  /Artist: Dee Yan-Key

Image:   “Chalice Window” /Place: Church of Dominus Flevit, The Holy Land  /Photographer: Jon Shematek