Blessed Passover

Today’s Word:

“The Lord has made his salvation known … has revealed his kindness and his faithfulness toward the House of Israel” (Psalm 98:2-3)


On This Date…

On April 23, 1616 William Shakespeare died at age 52; he is buried near the main altar of Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-Upon-Avon where he had been baptized. The home in which he was born still stands, preserved and open to visitors.

On April 23, 2016, today, the Jewish Community celebrates the first day of Passover (beginning last evening at sundown), an eight-day feast that will conclude on April 30th; families gather to share the seder meal on the first and second nights of Passover, recalling how God led the people out of slavery in Egypt under the leadership of Moses. The cups of red wine recall the lamb’s blood on their doorposts saving them from the angel of death; the unleavened bread recalls their quick departure, before the bread could rise.

Today at Mass we prayed, “The Lord has made his salvation known … has revealed his kindness and his faithfulness toward the House of Israel”. Blessed Passover to all.

– Father McLaughlin

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Passover Supper Central to Both Jewish & Christian Identities

Today’s Word:

O God, You have taught me from my youth, and til the present, to proclaim your wondrous deeds. (Psalm 71:17)

Today is the first day of the eight-day Jewish Feast of Passover. The Passover commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, circa 1230 BC.

The angel of death passed over the homes of the Jewish people in Egypt because they had placed the blood of the slaughtered lamb on their doorposts and lintels.

According to the Wilmington News Journal, “The Exodus story …is central to Jewish identity.”

It is also central to Christian identity.

According to today’s Gospel, Jesus was “reclining at table with His disciples” to share the annual Passover Supper (John 13:12). During the Supper, He handed the disciples bread and wine. Jesus’s act of sharing bread and wine with His disciples is an event Christians will celebrate this Thursday, Holy Thursday. It is an act remembered each Mass in the Eucharistic prayer – the Canon of the Mass.

Both Jews and Christians can pray the words of today’s Responsorial Psalm, “O God, You have taught me from my youth, and til the present, to proclaim your wondrous deeds.”

– Father McLaughlin