3-Minute Retreat: The Lord’s Supper

On this Holy Thursday, enjoy a special 3-Minute Retreat: The Lord’s Supper. Read the words of the prayer below or pray with the full 3-Minute Retreat experience, including music, here. Allow your breathing to slow. With each relaxing breath, feel yourself come to rest in the Lord. John 13:15 “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” In this Scripture we are given […]

Stay Here with Me

There is a beautiful Taizé hymn inspired by Jesus’ words in the Garden of Gethsemane, with the lyrics: “Stay with me, remain here with me; watch and pray.” This song lends itself to the Ignatian practice of unwrapping Scripture passages by imagining oneself within the passage. For instance: I imagine myself having left the Passover table with the rest of the disciples. I am confused and overwhelmed by everything that has just happened. Jesus says […]

Remember How Much I Love You

This post is based on Week Seven of An Ignatian Prayer Adventure. It is the night of the Passover meal, the night before your death. You are not the calm, controlled, repetitive voice we hear each week at Mass. You are desperate, eager, attentive, and emotional. You say, “You have no idea how much I have looked forward to eating this meal with you.” You are with your closest companions for the last time as […]

Arts & Faith: Lent—Holy Thursday Imaginative Prayer Exercise

As we move from Lent to Easter, we’ll provide Ignatian prayers for the Triduum, inspired by videos from Arts & Faith: Lent. The video and prayer for Holy Thursday are based on John 13:1–15. The art is a mosaic in the Basilica di San Marco in Venice, Christ Washing the Feet of His Disciples. Preparation Prepare for a period of meditation by sitting comfortably, closing your eyes, and breathing deeply for a moment or two. […]

Arts & Faith: Lent—Holy Thursday Imaginative Prayer Exercise

As we move from Lent to Easter, we’ll provide Ignatian prayers for the Triduum, inspired by videos from Arts & Faith: Lent. The video and prayer for Holy Thursday are based on John 13:1–15. Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then […]

Arts & Faith: Lent—Holy Thursday Imaginative Prayer Exercise

As we move from Lent to Easter, we’ll provide Ignatian prayers for the Triduum, inspired by videos from Arts & Faith: Lent. The video and prayer for Holy Thursday are based on John 13:1-15. “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” —John 13:14-15 Preparation As […]

God’s Story

Sometimes God has fun with me. Today was one of those days. I went to a local farm with extended family. My girls had fun with some lovely little bunnies all white and Easterish. After a while I walked around a bit and saw a large Orthodox Jewish family gathering around some lambs in a field. Seeing them, I was glad—this year is one of those rare years when Passover unfolds during the Christian Holy […]

Links for the Weekend

The visionary paintings of James Tissot in America. Pop psychology discovers Ignatian discernment. (“Using the 4 D’s to find more meaning and purpose in life.”) Adolfo Nicolas, SJ, on the beatification of Bernardo de Hoyos, SJ.  (Litany of Jesuit saints here.) Peter Nixon on the washing of feet. An awesome view of the Sistine Chapel.

Washing Feet

My parish did something different with the foot washing ceremony last Holy Thursday.  Instead of the priest washing the feet of twelve parishioners (often twelve men), everyone in the congregation had their feet washed and washed others’ feet.  You sat down at the basin and had your feet washed.  Then you put your socks and shoes on, knelt down, and washed the feet of the next person in line. The ritual proceeded quietly and reverently.  […]