Holy Thursday Mass…

During the Holy Mass offered by all the priests of our parish as well as Fr. Joseph Lachowski CM, former assistant at St. Stans, presently resident at Ozanam Hall in Queens, on Holy Thursday at 7 PM we celebrated three anniversaries: 1) the anniversary of the first Holy Mass, 2) the anniversary of the institution of ministerial priesthood to perpetuate the Holy Mass, to convey God’s forgiveness to repentant sinners and to preach the good news of salvation, 3) the anniversary of Jesus’ promulgation of Jesus’ new commandment of love: “Love one another as I have loved you.” Today we remembered how Jesus transformed the Jewish Passover into the New Testament Passover.

In its origins, the Jewish Passover was, in fact, a joint celebration of two ancient thanksgiving celebrations. The descendants of Abel, who were shepherds, used to lead their sheep from the winter pastures to the summer pastures after the sacrificial offering of a lamb to God. They called this celebration the “Passover.” On the other hand, the descendants of Cain, who were farmers, held a harvest festival called the Massoth at which they offered unleavened bread to God as an act of thanksgiving. The Passover feast of the Israelites (Exodus 12:26-37), was a harmonious combination of these two ancient feasts of thanksgiving, commanded by the Lord God and celebrated yearly by all Israelites to thank God for the miraculous liberation of their ancestors from Egypt and their exodus to the Promised Land.
After the Mass, the Altar servers, children of the Maria Konopnicka Polish School, children of the First Holy Communion class and representatives of the Nazareth Family Prayer Group extended their best wishes to all the priests and thanked them for their dedication and leadership in our parish. Children recited beautiful and meaningful poems about priesthood. All priests received flowers on their Feast of Priesthood.
After the Mass the procession with the Blessed Sacrament took place to the Repository…

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