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Saturday, April 7, 2018

EASTER TRIDUUM: A half way there in achieving the Vision and Mission of the Diocese

Reported by DaliusLL

Parishioners of St. Mary Cathedral observe Holy Thursday on 29th March 2018, one of the most important and profound days of celebration in the Catholic Church. Holy Thursday Mass marked the end of Lent and the beginning of the Paschal Triduum, the three day celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. The Holy Thursday Mass commemorates the three mysteries:  the Institution of the holy Eucharist, the institution of the priesthood, and Christ’s command of brotherly love.
The 7.30pm Holy Mass was attended by some 1500 faithful and presided over by the Bishop of Sandakan Diocese, His Rev. Bishop Julius Dusin Gitom and concelebrated with St. Mary’s Cathedral Rector, Rev. Fr. David Garaman.
In his homily, the prelate stressed that through the institution of the Eucharist and Priesthood, man are joined in the act of God saving plan. There is a close link between Jesus’ washing the feet of His disciples and for the disciples to do the same for others later. The prelate said, if the Eucharist is the place where the Lord washes our feet, in real life, then we should also be able to wash the feet of others. It will be a great challenge to wash the feet of others, even though they are close to us, what more with those who are always annoying us, who keep nagging us or who are unjust to us. It is not easy, but bear in mind that Jesus was not selective when He washes the feet of His disciples even though He was fully aware that some will betray and desert Him. Bishop Julius further said that if we can do that, then we are already half way in achieving the Vision and Mission of the diocese to become a “Christ-Centered Community, Serving one another with Love”. He encouraged all the faithful to always come to the Lord in the Eucharist, asking the Lord for grace and strength so that the Eucharist may manifest in humble service.
After the homily, the prelate proceeded to conduct the solemn rite of the washing of the feet of 12 assigned parishioners which is an integral ceremony during Holy Thursday Mass. The washing of the feet represents the service and charity of Christ, who came not to be served, but to serve. Thus, the scriptural root of the sacrament of holy orders derived.

At the conclusion of the Mass, the rite of transfer of the Blessed Sacrament was carried out in a procession accompanied by lighted candles and incense through the church to the place of reservation, the pyx. The faithful were invited to have an hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight, just as the disciples kept a vigil with Christ on the night He was about to be betrayed. 

Holy Thursday at St Mark's Church, celebrated by Rev. Fr. Christopher on Thursday, 29th March 2018
Fr. Christopher conduct the solemn rite of the washing of the feet of 12 assigned parishioners
Transferring the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose

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