Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper


In the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

All      AMEN.

Blessed be the Lord Jesus Christ!

On the eve of his death

he became ‘Bread for the Life of the World’.

May his abundant life be with you all.

All      And with your spirit.

Introduction to the Celebration

My dear sisters and brothers:

with the liturgy of the Lord’s Supper

we enter into the final days of Holy Week.


This is the evening when Jesus
gave the new commandment ‘love one another’,
and prayed for the unity of those who believe in him.


This is the evening when Jesus
showed himself as the servant of God
by washing the feet of his disciples.


This is the evening when Jesus
gave us the Eucharist
to be celebrated for ever in his memory.


Re-living the words and actions of the Lord Jesus,
we now share his thoughts, his feelings
and his love which brought us salvation. (pause)


Penitential Rite

Jesus, Lord and Master,
you emptied yourself, taking the condition of a slave:

Lord, have mercy on us.           Lord, have mercy on us.

Jesus, the great high priest,
you offered your life in sacrifice:

Christ, have mercy on us.         Christ, have mercy on us.

Jesus, beloved of the Father,
you loved your disciples until the end:

Lord, have mercy on us.                Lord, have mercy on us.


P      We now join the Christian family around the world as we joyfully sing the GLORIA.

Opening Prayer

O God,
in the fullness of time
you revealed your love in Jesus the Lord.
On the eve of his death,
as a sign of your covenant,
he washed the feet of his disciples
and gave himself as food and drink.

Give us life at this sacred banquet
and joy in humble service,
so that, united to Christ in all things,
we may become more loving and more life giving.

We ask this through your Son, the Christ,
our Passover and Peace,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God forever and ever. AMEN.

                                                THE WASHING OF THE FEET


When the Homilist returns to his Chair the CM says:

CM      Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and commanded us to follow his example.

Meanwhile some appropriate antiphons and songs are sung by the Choir and the Assembly




                                 GENERAL INTERCESSIONS


P       We have come together to celebrate the love of God made known in Jesus Christ his Son. We pray that this love may spread throughout the world.

CM      Our response is:   Sanctify your people, Lord.

  1. Out of love for us, Jesus offered his life to God. (pause) As we offer our lives in union with him may we bring in prayer the pains, joys and hopes of all humanity. We  pray:
  2. On this day when Jesus called people to the ministry of presiding at Eucharist, we pray that the Holy Father, Pope FRANCIS, our (Arch)bishop, LUIS ANTONIO, and all the clergy will always remain faithful in their priestly ministry. We pray:
  3. Christ gives us an example of humility and service. (pause) May those in authority choose to serve rather than be served. We pray:
  4. For peace throughout the world. (pause) We remember especially those suffering from the effects of violence and war in the Holy Land, in SYRIA, here in the Philippines, and in all troubled spots of the world. We pray:

P       Father of mercies, hear our prayers. As we celebrate the passion and death of Jesus, bring us to the glory of his resurrection. All this we ask through Christ our Lord.   AMEN.

CM      Please be SEATED.

                        PRESENTATION OF THE HOLY OILS and the GIFTS

 The Collectors begin the Collection immediately

There is no singing.

The words that accompany the presentation of the OILS and GIFTS should be audible.

 CM      This morning in every Cathedral around the world a Bishop consecrated the OILS to be used in the celebration of the Sacraments in his Diocese for the rest of the year.


Four Laypeople walk in single file towards the Sanctuary carrying their gifts. They stay in single file and, in turn, ascend the steps, present their gift, stay for the short prayer and then return to the base of the sanctuary. When all have presented their gifts they return to their places. It is very appropriate that this presentation take place in full view of the Assembly.


The gifts are received, in turn, by the Assistant Priests.

The OIL OF THE SICK and the HOLY CHRISM are passed on to the SAs who place them in the designated place.

The Bread and Wine are retained by Assistant Priests who place them on the altar.


CM      Your response is: Blessed be God for ever.


CM      The Holy Chrism.

P       Through anointing with this perfumed Chrism

– may children and adults, who are baptized and confirmed,

– and presbyters who are ordained,

experience the gracious gift of the Holy Spirit.

All        Blessed be God forever.



CM      The Oil of the Sick.

P       May the sick who are anointed with this oil of healing experience the love and compassion of Christ and be restored to health and wholeness.

All        Blessed be God forever.



CM      The Bread.

P       Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation.

Through your goodness we have this bread to present,

which earth has given and hands have made.

It will become for us the bread of life.

All        Blessed be God for ever.



CM      The Wine.

P       Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation.

Through your goodness we have this wine to present,

fruit of the vine and work of our hands.

It will become our spiritual drink.

All        Blessed be God forever

Prayer Over the Gifts

Father, mindful of your Son’s command,
we place before you this bread and wine,
eager to recall the memory of your Son.
He has shown us the path to life
along which we too must walk.
We prepare to ‘break bread’ now at this table
and to follow him wherever he leads.
All this we ask in the name of the same Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Please note that the Eucharistic Prayer has been revised in order to incorporate some of the Biblical quotations that pertain to the Last Supper of Jesus.


It is truly right and just,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Father most holy,
through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ..

He is the true and eternal priest
who established this unending sacrifice.

He offered himself as a victim for our deliverance
and taught us to make this offering in his memory.

As we eat his body which he gave for us,
we grow in strength.

As we drink his blood which he poured out for us,
we are washed clean.

Now, with angels and archangels,
and the whole company of heaven,
we sing the unending hymn of your praise:

Holy, Holy…


You are indeed Holy, O Lord,
and all you have created rightly gives you praise,
for through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
by the power and working of the Holy Spirit,
you give life to all things and make them holy,
and you never cease to gather a people to yourself,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting
a pure sacrifice may be offered to your name.


Holy Thursday:

We gather here before you,

and in communion with the whole church

we celebrate the most holy day

our Lord Jesus Christ was handed over for us.

Through him whom you glorified,

our Redeemer and our Savior, we pray:


 By the power of your Spirit

make holy these gifts we have brought before you,

that they may become the Body and + Blood

of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,

at whose command we celebrate these mysteries.


For on the night he was betrayed,

he said to his apostles:

“I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer;

for I tell you,

I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.”


Then he took bread,

and, giving you thanks,

he said the blessing,

broke the bread

and gave it to his disciples, saying:





In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the cup,

and, giving you thanks, he said the blessing,

and gave the cup to his disciples, saying:










After he had spoken these words,

he looked up to heaven and said,


“Father, the hour has come;

glorify your Son so that the Son may give glory to you.

I have glorified you on earth,

having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.

Now, Father, glorify me in your presence

with the glory that was mine before the world was made”. [Jn.17: 1,4-5]

The mystery of faith.


When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death. O Lord, until you come again.

Therefore, O Lord,

as we celebrate the memorial of the saving Passion of your Son,

his wondrous resurrection and ascension into heaven.

and as we look forward to his second coming,

we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice.


Look, we pray, upon the offering of your Church

and, recognizing the Victim

by whose death you willed to reconcile us to yourself,

grant that we,

who are nourished by the Body and Blood of your Son

and filled with his Holy Spirit,

may become one body, one spirit in Christ.


May he make of us an eternal offering to you,

so that we may share in the inheritance of your saints,

especially with the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,

with Joseph her Spouse,

with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs,

[with Saint N.]

and with all the Saints,

on whose constant intercession in your presence

we rely for unfailing help.


We pray, O Lord,

that this Sacrifice of our reconciliation,

may advance the peace and salvation of the entire world.


Strengthen in faith and love your pilgrim Church on earth,

with your servant N. our Pope

and N. our Bishop,

all bishops,

all the clergy,

and the entire people you have gained for your own.



Merciful Father, listen to the prayers of this family

whom you have called to stand before you.


In your compassion,

gather to yourself all your children

scattered throughout the world.

 Welcome into your kingdom our departed brothers and sisters

and all who were pleasing to you at their passing from this life.

There we hope to enjoy forever the fullness of your glory,

through Christ our Lord,

through whom you give the world everything that is good.



Through him,
and with him,
and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor is yours,
for ever and ever.



Invitation to the Our Father

Before we share at the Lord’s table let us pray to the Father in the words that Jesus taught us:



Deliver Us

Deliver us, Lord, from every evil and grant peace and unity to your Church. Through the Eucharist keep us free from sin and be our strength to enable us overcome our anxieties and fears as we prepare for the final coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace and Unity

Lord Jesus Christ, on the eve of your death you prayed
for your apostles, and for us, when you said:

“Not only for these do I pray,

but also for those who believe in me through their word.

May they all be one, Father,

even as you are in me, and I in you;

may they also be one in us

so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” [Jn.17: 20-21]

Lord, grant us the peace and unity of your kingdom
where you live for ever and ever.

May the peace and joy of the Risen Lord be always with you.

And with your spirit.

Invitation to Peace

On this, the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper,

let us share this peace with one another.


Because of the long, integrated RITE FOR THE BREAKING OF BREAD the Agnus Dei is omitted.


CM      Please KNEEL.


Rite for the Breaking of Bread


This text, based on 1 Cor.10:16-17 and 1 Cor.11:26, is designed for the Presider ( PP) and two Assistants at the altar-table. These may be either Priests or Eucharistic Ministers. We shall call them, Presider’s Assistant-Right (PAR)   and   Presider’s Assistant –Left (PAL)


During the “Deliver us… “ an assigned Eucharistic Minster takes several empty ciboria from the Sacristy and places them before the PAL.


PAL places one empty ciborium in front of the Presider who breaks the large bread into it.

The following Prayer is said in a slow, deliberate voice. The ‘Lamb of God / Kordero’ is omitted.


PP       O God, Origin and Sustainer of life,

we ask that in the breaking of this bread

our eyes may be opened

so that we may recognize the presence of your Son among us.


PAL     [Holding up the large bread-plate PAL says]

The bread that we break:

do we not share in the body of Christ

when we eat this bread?

[He begins distributing the consecrated Bread into the empty ciboria.]


PP       Because there is the one bread,

all of us, though many, are one body;

for we all share the same loaf.


PAR     [holding up the chalice PAR says]

The Cup of Blessing for which we give thanks to God:

do we not share in the blood of Christ

when we drink from this cup?


ALL     When we eat this bread and drink this cup

we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,

until you come in glory. [sung]


            [The PP points to the large Bread-plate held by the PAL and says]

PP       This is the bread come down from heaven;

whoever eats of it will never die.


[He now points to the Chalice which is held by PAR and says:]

PP       This is the cup of eternal life;

whoever drinks of it will live forever.


            Now, displaying the large Bread-plate and the Chalice he says:

Come now and receive the body and blood of Christ.

All       Lord, I am not worthy….     shall be healed.

This announcement is made before the Presider stands to pray the Post Communion Prayer.


CM    The jars containing the Oil of Chrism and the Oil of the Sick that were blessed by Archbishop Tagle this morning… and presented during our celebration… will now be carried to the Baptistery (motion to the Right) and placed in the special cabinet that we call the Ambry.




The Cross bearer, followed by 2 Candle bearers, prepare to escort the Assistant Priests to the Baptistery. Upon arrival, they remain on the floor level. When door of the Ambry has been locked they precede the priests back to the Sanctuary and prepare for the Bl. Sacrament Procession.


Assistant Priests


The two priests take the Oils and proceed – single file – to the Baptistery, place the containers inside the Ambry, lock the Door and return to their seats.


Then the CM motions to the Assembly to stand for the Post Communion Prayer

Prayer after Communion

Strong and faithful God,

when your Son Jesus gave himself to his friends

as food and drink for the journey,

he committed himself to be for us

a person-for-others,

the Lord-who-serves.


Grant that our sharing in this sacrament of unity

may fill us with a strong and unselfish love

that will inspire us to work for the coming among us

of the kingdom of Christ

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit

God for ever and ever. AMEN.


Now the CM says:


CM      Please KNEEL while the Ministers prepare for the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose.



PAL puts incense into the Thurible and incenses the Blessed Sacrament,

then he receives the humeral veil,

goes to the Altar,

takes the ciborium,

covers it with the ends of the veil and

                   prepares to join in the procession through the church to the Altar of Repose.






Coordinator of SAs holding a Banner : the Lamb of God

Cross Bearer

Candle Bearer 1 + Candle Bearer 2

Incense Carrier + Thurifer


PAL with Bl. Sacrament


PAR + Presider

“Apostles” 2 x 2

1st R + Psalmist

2nd R + Petitioner

The Procession stops at the following doors: 1st Right; Main / Front Door; 1st Door Left

Incense Carrier puts incense into Thurible,

Thurifer incenses the Bl. Sacrament

MC leads the Procession out 1st Door Left to Car Park;

enters Kumpisalan Door and proceeds to the Altar of Repose.






                                       AT THE ALTAR OF REPOSE

When the procession reaches the place of reposition, PAL places the ciborium in the Tabernacle. He then kneels for some moments of prayer.


He or PAR now leads the Assembly in a PRAYER OF ADORATION

The Assembly, led by the CM, responds to each acclamation.


CM      Our response is sung:

The Choir immediately sing:

To you be praise and glory for ever and ever.


P       Body of Christ, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

To you be praise and glory for ever and ever.


Body of Christ, sacrificed on the cross: To you….

Body of Christ, risen from the tomb:   To you….


Blood of Christ poured out for us: To you…

Blood of Christ, shed on the cross. To you….

Blood of Christ, flowing from his side. To you…..


Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High. To you….

Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance: To you….

Heart of Jesus aflame with love for us: To you….


CM      Our next response is:

Give us your salvation.


P       Living bread come down from heaven:

Give us your salvation.


Living Word of the Father:

Giver of the Holy Spirit:

Bridegroom of the Church:

Redeemer of the world:

Friend of the young and the poor:

When you come on the last day:


Then the Priest puts incense in the Thurible, incenses the Blessed Sacrament, while Tantum Ergo (English Version) is being sung.


The Tabernacle is then closed.


The Ministers genuflect and return to the Sacristy.


Download printable file here: Holy Thursday – Lord’s Supper – 2017

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