Today, Maundy Thursday, begins the Sacred Triduum which culminates on Easter Sunday, a day which marks a before and after in the history of humanity. The Catholic Church today commemorates the first Holy Thursday experienced in Jerusalem, on the eve of the death on the Cross of Jesus Christ, only Son of the Eternal Father. This event is commemorated tomorrow as Good Friday, while on Thursday we remember the Last Supper, celebrated by Him with His 12 disciples in the Upper Room, one day before the Jewish Sabbath Passover, and this with the Resurrection of the Lord at the Sunday dawn This will be the new Christian Easter. But today’s liturgical feast contains a deeper and more important meaning than the development of a simple “Last Supper”, since Jesus Christ established there the sacrament of the Eucharist, in which, under the species of bread and wine, he finds himself authentically and truly. present with His “Body, His Blood, His Soul and His Divinity”. This is called Transubstantiation which takes place at the moment of Consecration in the Mass. This great miracle is considered the “mystery of the faith” for Catholics. For this, the mass and the consecration must be celebrated by a minister of the Church of the Priestly Order. This is the reason why, during the Last Supper of this Holy Thursday, Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Order, because without it, there is no Eucharist. The Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, in its dogmatic Constitution on the Church, “Lumen gentium” (Light of the pagans), declares that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of all Christian life”, after having consecrated the last popes, Saint Paul VI, to him. , Saint John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis important magisterial texts. It is understandable that with the institution of such an extraordinary sacrament and order, closely linked to each other in the Catholic liturgy, Thursday is considered a day specially dedicated to Eucharistic adoration. Something similar to how Saturday is generally dedicated to the memory of the Virgin Mary, without prejudice to the fact that Sunday is considered the “Lord’s Day”. In the processions of these days in so many Spanish cities, the Steps of the different Brotherhoods and Brotherhoods evoke these events of the Passion, in an authentic popular catechesis that evokes the deep Christian and Catholic roots that constitute our national identity. Today is the first of three Thursdays in the collection of popular songs: “There are three Thursdays in the year that shine brighter than the sun: Maundy Thursday, Corpus Christi and Ascension Day. »

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