Liturgy Planning

Holy Thursday, Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper

April 6, 2023

Year ABC - Lectionary [39]

First Reading

Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 | The law regarding the Passover meal.

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt:

‘This month is to be the first of all the others for you, the first month of your year. Speak to the whole community of Israel and say, “On the tenth day of this month each man must take an animal from the flock, one for each family: one animal for each household. If the household is too small to eat the animal, a man must join with his neighbour, the nearest to his house, as the number of persons requires. You must take into account what each can eat in deciding the number for the animal. It must be an animal without blemish, a male one year old; you may take it from either sheep or goats. You must keep it till the fourteenth day of the month when the whole assembly of the community of Israel shall slaughter it between the two evenings. Some of the blood must then be taken and put on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses where it is eaten. That night, the flesh is to be eaten, roasted over the fire; it must be eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. You shall eat it like this: with a girdle round your waist, sandals on your feet, a staff in your hand. You shall eat it hastily: it is a passover in honour of the Lord. That night, I will go through the land of Egypt and strike down all the first-born in the land of Egypt, man and beast alike, and I shall deal out punishment to all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord! The blood shall serve to mark the houses that you live in. When I see the blood I will pass over you and you shall escape the destroying plague when I strike the land of Egypt. This day is to be a day of remembrance for you, and you must celebrate it as a feast in the Lord’s honour. For all generations you are to declare it a day of festival, for ever.”’


Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18 | Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ.

  How can I repay the Lord

  for his goodness to me?

  The cup of salvation I will raise;

  I will call on the Lord’s name.

The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ.

  O precious in the eyes of the Lord

  is the death of his faithful.

  Your servant, Lord, your servant am I;

  you have loosened my bonds.

The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ.

  A thanksgiving sacrifice I make;

  I will call on the Lord’s name.

  My vows to the Lord I will fulfil

  before all his people.

The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ.

Second Reading

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 | For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord.

This is what I received from the Lord, and in turn passed on to you: that on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this as a memorial of me.’ In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.’ Until the Lord comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death.

Gospel Acclamation

I give you a new commandment: love one another just as I have loved you, says the Lord.

John 13:34


John 13:1-15 | Jesus loved them to the end.

It was before the festival of the Passover, and Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to pass from this world to the Father. He had always loved those who were his in the world, but now he showed how perfect his love was.

They were at supper, and the devil had already put it into the mind of Judas Iscariot son of Simon, to betray him. Jesus knew that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he had come from God and was returning to God, and he got up from table, removed his outer garment and, taking a towel, wrapped it round his waist; he then poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel he was wearing. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘At the moment you do not know what I am doing, but later you will understand.’ ‘Never!’ said Peter ‘You shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus replied, ‘If I do not wash you, you can have nothing in common with me.’ ‘Then, Lord,’ said Simon Peter ‘not only my feet, but my hands and my head as well!’ Jesus said, ‘No one who has taken a bath needs washing, he is clean all over. You too are clean, though not all of you are.’ He knew who was going to betray him, that was why he said, ‘though not all of you are.’

When he had washed their feet and put on his clothes again he went back to the table. ‘Do you understand’ he said ‘what I have done to you? You call me Master and Lord, and rightly; so I am. If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.’

Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers


Psalm 116: The Blessing Cup
Composer: O’Carroll, Fintan

Hymns & Songs

Adoramus Te Christe (Haugen)
Composer: Haugen, Marty
Text: Haugen, Marty
Publisher: GIA
Bread for the World
Composer: Farrell, Bernadette
Text: Farrell, Bernadette
Publisher: OCP
Gather Us Together
Composer: Alstott, Owen
Text: Alstott, Owen
Publisher: OCP
Gift of Finest Wheat
Composer: Kreutz, Robert E.
Text: Westendorf, Omer
Jesus, Remember Me
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Make of Our Hands a Throne
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Text: Cyril of Jerusalem
Publisher: WLP
My Soul Is at Rest
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Berthier, Jacques
Publisher: GIA
Praise, O Zion, Voices Raising
Text: Thomas Aquinas
Publisher: WLP
Stay with Me
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Matthew 26
Publisher: GIA
Take and Eat
Composer: Joncas, Michael
Text: Quinn SJ, James / Joncas, Michael
Publisher: GIA
Take and Eat This Bread
Composer: O’Brien, Francis Patrick
Text: O’Brien, Francis Patrick
Publisher: GIA
Tantum Ergo Sacramentum
Publisher: PD
Taste and See (Moore)
Composer: Moore, James E.
Text: Moore, James E.
Publisher: GIA
Those Who Love and Those Who Labor
Composer: Gaelic folk hymn
Text: Dearmer, Geoffrey
Publisher: GIA
Triduum Hymn: Wondrous Love
Composer: Southern Harmony
Text: Means, Alexander
Publisher: GIA
Ubi Caritas (Berthier)
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Ubi Caritas (chant)
Text: Holy Thursday mandatum
Where Charity and Love Prevail
Composer: Benoit OSB, Paul
Text: Westendorf, Omer
Publisher: WLP