Holy Thursday Gathering All spaces taken. Will stream live on Facebook @annaRaimondi.
Time & Location
About The Event
When: April 1, 2021
Where: The Angel Wing
49 Ethan Allen Highway, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
All spaces taken. Will stream live on Facebook @anna Raimondi.
(It will also be broadcast on Facebook live - You will only see Anna no other members of the group)
***all attendees will be asked to be silent except when saying the rosary
There will be a discussion, meditation, washing of the feet, recitation of the rosary, sharing of a simple meal and silent prayer.
This gathering is about two very important aspects of our lives: gift and community. Holy Thursday celebrates the event of Jesus gathering in community with his closest friends to celebrate friendship and love and to say farewell to those he loved so deeply. As a way of saying goodbye Jesus gave a parting gift to humanity.
The gift that Jesus gives to the community and humanity is the gift of his own presence. This gift is unconditional love, everlasting and ever present. That presence is given in food and drink, bread and wine, what we call Eucharist, but it is also in persons, in those with whom we share life and love. Another part of the gift is the miracle of transformation because it is only with the eyes of faith that we can recognize bread and wine, humans blessed and broken, neighbors near and far, earth and sky, as the presence of Creator.
After the meal, Jesus asked his disciples to stay with him as he prayed in the garden. This tradition is often called the “Night Watch” or “Gethsemane Watch” and recalls how Jesus invited his apostles to stay with him while he prayed. He said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch.” (Mark 14:34). It is a beautiful custom, one where it is possible to feel an added weight in the air. We, through meditation, will accompany Jesus to the Garden and console him during his great agony. It is extremely powerful to imagine being there with Jesus in the Garden.