Maundy Thursday observed at Milagress Cathedral


Kallianpur : Maundy Thursday was observed at Milagres Cathedral led by Bishop of Udupi Diocese Most Rev Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo. The evening liturgy started at 5.30pm which is the beginning of the three day celebration of the Easter which signifies Triduum, remembering the last supper, the crucifixion and death of Jesus, and resurrection to new life. Along with the Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo other participated in the mass were Very Rev Fr. Stany B. Lobo, Rev. Fr. Paul Prakash D’Souza, Rev Fr. Ivan Rodrigues, Rev Fr. Caunte Barboza and Rev Fr. Agnelo D’Souza of Pilar Fathers.

During the homily Bishop pointed out the sacrament of love and sacrament of service, namely the Eucharist and Priesthood which were instituted by Christ on this day. Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi diocese, carried out the ritual of washing the feet of 12 people chosen from the Milagres Church Kallianpur and distributed bread to the devotees.During the evening of Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated. It is celebrated in the evening because the Passover began at sundown. 

After the Mass, we recall the Agony in the Garden, and the arrest and imprisonment of Jesus. The altar is stripped bare, crosses are removed or covered. The Eucharist has been placed in an altar of repose, and most churches are open for silent adoration, to answer Christ’s invitation "Could you not, then, watch one hour with me?" (Matt 26:40)

When the Eucharist is processed to the altar of repose after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we should remain in quiet prayer and adoration, keeping Christ company. There is a tradition, particularly in big cities with many parishes, to try and visit seven churches and their altar of repose during this evening.

Popular piety is particularly sensitive to the adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the wake of the Mass of the Lord’s supper. Because of a long historical process, whose origins are not entirely clear, the place of repose has traditionally been referred to as "a holy sepulchre". The faithful go there to venerate Jesus who was placed in a tomb following the crucifixion and in which he remained for some forty hours.

It is necessary to instruct the faithful on the meaning of the reposition: it is an austere solemn conservation of the Body of Christ for the community of the faithful which takes part in the liturgy of Good Friday and for the viaticum of the infirmed. It is an invitation to silent and prolonged adoration of the wondrous sacrament instituted by Jesus on this day.


In reference to the altar of repose, therefore, the term "sepulchre" should be avoided, and its decoration should not have any suggestion of a tomb. The tabernacle on this altar should not be in the form of a tomb or funerary urn. The Blessed Sacrament should be conserved in a closed tabernacle and should not be exposed in a monstrance.

After mid-night on Holy Thursday, the adoration should conclude without solemnity, since the day of the Lord’s Passion has already begun.


Richard DSouza

News published on: 2013-03-29