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Day 44 : 'Maundy Thursday'

Apologies for the lateness of my post today!

There are several reasons for this unusual tardiness in sending you my thoughts!

Firstly I wanted to write this to you shortly before I leave to go to the Mass of the Lord's Supper in my own parish of Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral in Motherwell, Scotland!

Secondly I have had a hectic 24 hours travelling and arriving back home after many delays on trains yesterday from Liverpool to Scotland, and then attending Bethel Music in Glasgow last night - which again was a blessed experience.

Thirdly the last few days and months has deprived me of much sleep - as many of you know I don't take much time to sleep - often working late into the night - and my travel schedule has meant my body needed to catch up on some 'zzzzz' today. It's been long overdue!

So apologies for those of you who had thought I'd forgotten about you today!

Tonight is special in so many ways!

We celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper and The Institution of the Eucharist and The Priesthood. So we remember in a special way all our priests who serve us and minister to us so wonderfully.

We also have the moving liturgy of the 'Washing of the Feet' and the Eucharistic Procession to the Altar of Repose for Adoration.

I'm always so moved when we witness the priest wash the feet of parishioners - symbolising how Jesus showed his love and service to his disciples.

Earlier this week I was privileged and humbled to be invited tonight to have my feet washed at St Patrick's Soho in London. Unfortunately I had to decline as I was travelling home for the Triduum. It would have been such an honour.

The Mass of the Lord's Supper also reminds us of the Institution of the Eucharist. How wonderful it is that we can receive Jesus in the Eucharist at Mass! Let us never forget how precious this sacrament is - a sacrament that can help us draw nearer to Christ - to receive Christ!

And tonight if you can after Mass, remember Jesus' words in the Garden of Gethsemane 'Could you not watch with me one hour?'

If you can - and there is the opportunity - spend some time with the Lord in Adoration this evening at the Altar of Repose.

So no matter how tired we are tonight - let us remember to spend time with Jesus - and do as He asked his disciples:

'Stay awake and keep watch with me'.

Paul Murphy - Coordinator of Redemptorist Youth Ministry (RYM).

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