The Feast of Unleavened Bread

Thursday, March 24, 2016

 The Feast of Unleavened Bread
Holy Thursday

Mary of Agreda, who lived in the 17th century was a Spanish Franciscan abbess, spiritual writer and mystic. She has been declared “Venerable” although she has not been declared a saint.  However, her books have the Imprimatur of authenticity.  Her most famous series is “The City of God” which she said was dictated to her by the Blessed Mother.  This quote is in her book and is the prayer that Jesus addresses to his Father at the beginning of the feast of the unleavened bread when he is gathered with his apostles and has just told them about the meaning of the feast in relation to history and the fulfilment of history that will be happening in the next 3 days.  

“My eternal Father and infinite God, thy divine and eternal will resolved to create this my human nature in order that I may be the Head of all those that are predestined for thy glory and happiness and who are to attain their true blessedness by availing themselves of my works.  For this purpose and in order to redeem them from the fall of Adam, I have lived with them thirty-three years  Now, my Lord and Father, the opportune and acceptable hour for fulfilling thy eternal will has arrived, the greatness of thy holy name is about to be revealed to men and thy incomprehensible Divinity, through holy faith, is to be made known and exalted among all nations.  It is time that the seven-sealed book be opened as Thou has commissioned Me to do, and that the figures of old come to a happy solution.  (Apoc. 5,7).  The ancient sacrifices of animals, which prefigured the one I am now voluntarily to make of Myself for the children of Adam, for the members of my mystical body, for the sheep of thy flock, must now come to an end, and I beseech Thee in this hour to look down with an eye of mercy.  If in the past thy anger has been placated by these ancient figures and sacrifices which I am now about to abrogate, let it now, my Father, be entirely extinguished, since I am ready to offer Myself in voluntary sacrifice to die for men on the Cross and give Myself as a holocaust of my love (Eph.5,2).  Therefore, Lord, let the rigor of thy justice be relaxed and look upon the human race with eyes of mercy.  Let Us institute a new law for men, by which they may throw down the bars of their disobedience and open for themselves the gates of heaven.  Let them now find a free road and open portals for entering with Me upon the vision of thy Divinity, as many of them as will follow my footsteps and obey my law.”

Our Prayer, members of His Mystical Body
O God, who have called us to participate in the most sacred Supper,
in which your Only Begotten son,
when about to hand himself over to death,
entrusted to the church a sacrifice new for all eternity,
the banquet of his love,
grant, we pray, that we may draw from so great a mystery,
the fullness of charity and of life.

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