Bisita Iglesia: St. Lambert Parishioners’ Holy Thursday Pilgrimage
Then they came to a place named Gethsemane,
and he said to his disciples,
“Sit here while I pray.”
He took with him Peter, James, and John,
and began to be troubled and distressed.
Then he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful even to death.
Remain here and keep watch.”
He advanced a little and fell to the ground and prayed
that if it were possible the hour might pass by him;
he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible to you.
Take this cup away from me,
but not what I will but what you will.”
When he returned he found them asleep.
He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep?
Could you not keep watch for one hour?
Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”
Withdrawing again, he prayed, saying the same thing.
Then he returned once more and found them asleep,
for they could not keep their eyes open
and did not know what to answer him.
He returned a third time and said to them,
“Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?
It is enough. The hour has come.
Behold, the Son of Man is to be handed over to sinners.
Get up, let us go.
See, my betrayer is at hand.” (Mk 14:32-42)
The custom of visiting churches on Holy Thursday night is a manifestation of unity and charity. The Eucharistic focus of the Night Watch at the Altar of repose recalls Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. He asked his followers to “watch and pray”. Even though they could not stay awake for one hour, we strive to be vigilant. Our pilgrimage to other parishes permits us to view a diversity in customs at the “Watch”, and it also permits us to pray for the needs of other parishes. Therefore, we ask you to pray for the needs of the parishes you visit, for the pastor and ministers who serve each community.
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