(Holy Thursday)

[Introduction to the Sacred Triduum]:

Although we are profoundly saddened that we cannot celebrate these special days as we are accustomed at our Parish, now more than ever, we are united by Jesus’ love in the certainty that we will experience the joy of the promised resurrection.   With such certainty, let us continue to keep our priorities in focus: “Love one another, as I have loved you…”

9 April 2020:   Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

[Opening Song]: Ubi Caritas

[Introductory Rites]:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,


The Lord be with you.

And with your spirit

Let us pray.  O God ….


[Penitential Act]:

Let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare to celebrate the  Sacred Mysteries.

This is the night Jesus gave us the Eucharist:  Kyrie eleison.   

Kyrie eleison

This is the night Jesus gave us an example of self-giving service:   Christe eleison.   

Christe eleison  

This is the night of the Lord’s Supper:   Kyrie eleison.   

Kyrie eleison

May almighty God have mercy on us,  forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.


[The Gloria]:

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.

We praise you,  we bless you, we adore you,  we glorify you,  we give you thanks for your great glory,  Lord God, heavenly King,  O God, almighty Father.

Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; you take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer; you  are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

[Opening Prayer]:

O God, who have called us to participate in this most sacred Supper,

in which your Only Begotten Son, when about to hand himself over to death, entrusted to the Church a sacrifice new for all eternity, the banquet of his love,

grant, we pray, that we may draw from so great a mystery, the fullness of charity and of life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.   


[Liturgy of the Word]:

First Reading: EX 12:1-8, 11-14

A reading from the Book of Exodus

Thanks be to God

Responsorial Psalm:  PS 116:12-13, 15-16BC, 17-18 

Second Reading:  1 COR 11:23-26

A reading from the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Thanks be to God

[Gospel Acclamation]:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!

The Lord be with you.

And with your spirit.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John:   

Glory to you, O Lord.

[Gospel]  JN 13:1-15

The Gospel of the Lord,

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

[Fr. Emmanuel’s Homily]:  “The Establishment of THE MOST HOLY EUCHARIST”

[Profession of Faith]:  The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.  I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

[Prayers of the Faithful]: 

Following the example of Christ, who prayed for himself and his disciples on the night before his death, let us present our prayers to out loving and merciful Father:

  1. For the Church, the Body of Christ throughout the world, for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, for our Bishop Felipe, our Pastor Fr. Emmanuel, and for Fr. Clyde, for strength and wisdom to lead us in our journey to the Kingdom of love, mercy, and compassion for the world, let us pray to the Lord.
  2. For all the faithful in the Church, both ordained and lay faithful, as we experience the hunger for the Holy Eucharist during this long period of Eucharistic fast, especially during this most High Holy Days; for all to have the courage to sustain our faithfulness to the command of love, and the hope to soon be able to share the sacred meal and offer the Holy Sacrifice as our most important sign of our love and unity, let us pray to the Lord.
  3. For wisdom and prudence for our country’s leaders and scientist as they face the inevitable responsibility to protect our lives and guide us through this time of danger and disease, and for all world leaders who are also facing this life-threatening pandemic, let us pray to the Lord.
  4. For continued prayer for all those afflicted by the coronavirus infection, for their families and loved ones; for the prompt recovery of those who are on ventilators and intensive care units, emergency rooms, hospitals, and in our homes, let us pray to the Lord.
  5. For the doctors, nurses, and all medical personnel who are desperately caring for those with this devastating disease; for their safety and protection and for the wellbeing of their families, let us pray to the Lord.
  6. For all those who find themselves homeless, in shelters, nursing homes, migrant detentions centers and other places where there is no choice of freedom, for God’s protection and  compassionate hands to help them, let us pray to the Lord.
  7. For our Catholic community in Gainesville and throughout our Diocese: for courage to embrace the sacrificial love of Christ as we are being called to give up our lives so others can have a chance of living; for the grace to embrace the challenge to our freedom and comfort with the joy and hope of the resurrection, let us pray to the Lord.
  8. For those who have died, especially those who have died in hospitals, alone, without the comfort of their loved ones, for the families left behind in devastation and sorrow, for the mercy of God to embrace them in love and compassion during their final moments, and for all the needs  which we now lift up in silent prayer, …[pause]…let us pray to the Lord.

God of love, we know that you hear us when we call to you in our need.
In our greatest need you gave us Jesus, your Son, as our Redeemer.

He showed us the depth of your love for us when he gave himself for our salvation.

We ask you, in your love and mercy to hear our prayers in this hour of crisis and need:  to calm our hunger for the Eucharist, and to sustain our faith in your promised resurrection

We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ.


[The Liturgy of the Eucharist]: Presentation and Preparation of the Gifts

Take a moment and in thanksgiving present your gifts to God and then close your eyes and imagine for a moment that you are physically at Mass experiencing everything that happens next.

That my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.

May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

[The Eucharistic Prayer]: Preface

The Lord be with you.

And with your Spirit.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right and just

Father continues with a Eucharistic Prayer and we sing:

And so, with all the angels and all the Saints we declare your glory, as with one voice we acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

Father continues with the Eucharistic Prayer including consecration and after he says.

Do this in memory of me and “The mystery of Faith.”

Save us, Savior of the World, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

Father continues in prayer and concludes when he sings or prays:

Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, for ever and ever.

Amen, Amen, Aha Aha Amen!

[The Communon Rite]:

At the Savior’s command and formed in divine teaching, we dare to say:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name …..

Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming or our Savior, Jesus Christ.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now for ever.

[Sign of Peace]:

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who live and reign for ever and ever.


The peace of the Lord be with you always.

And with your spirit.

Let us offer each other the sign of peace

[Lamb of God]:

Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi, miserere nobis. Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi, miserere nobis. Agnus Dei, qui tolis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem.


Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

[Spiritual Communion Prayer]:

Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to possess you within my soul. Since I am unable now to receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart, I embrace you as already being there, and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

Period of Silence as we focus on the blessing we have just received.

[Prayer after “spiritual communion”] is now prayed by Father.

Grant, almighty God, that, just as we are renewed by the Supper of your Son in this present age, so we may enjoy his banquet for all eternity.  Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.   


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