Holy Thursday is always a great time of year to reflect on the great gift that is the Eucharist. To that end, I recommend the new book The Fourth Cup, recently released by Catholic apologist Scott Hahn. The parallels between the Passover and Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary (and, by extension, the Mass) were what spurred his interest in Catholicism back in his Presbyterian days, and they ultimately planted the seeds that led to his conversion. Consequently, the book is filled with a passion and enthusiasm that is difficult to top.
I also have my particular favorite, the presentation on the Fourth Cup. It covers a lot of the same material that Scott Hahn does in his book, but there’s some extra info in there, too.
Once again the Triduum is upon us, so once again I break out the presentation on the Fourth Cup. It’s a fascinating presentation, really, and I don’t ever really get tired of sharing it.
In a similar vein, I wanted to take the opportunity to recommend How Christ Said the First Mass by Fr. James L. Meagher. It’s an old book and was written before Vatican II (so its Mass references are talking about the Extraordinary Form), but I think that people who aren’t familiar with the Extraordinary Form would still find it interesting. It talks about the traditions surround the Hebrew Passover, how Christ observed those traditions, and how they became the Catholic Mass. There are some other minor traditions it addresses, too, such as how many children Adam and Eve had (here’s a hint: it was more than just Cain, Abel, and Seth). All in all, it’s an intriguing book I definitely recommend, especially for this time of year.
With it being Holy Thursday, I wanted to bring this fascinating little presentation out again. I think this was done by a Jewish man who converted to Catholicism, which I find especially interesting because of the parallels between Judaism and Christianity (one was supposed to fulfill the other, after all).
Also, in my mind this just proves that God is really, really clever at doing parallels.
Is it just me, or did this Lent feel as though it passed really quickly this year? No matter; since it’s Holy Thursday once again, I thought it apropos to bring this back to everyone’s attention. It’s a little presentation on the connections among the Passover sacrifice of the Old Testament, Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary, and the Mass as we know it today. It was written by a man who was raised Jewish but converted to Catholicism, so hearing his research on something I’ve known since I was little is really fascinating.
Today begins the Triduum, the final countdown to Easter. These three days are Holy (or Maundy) Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Holy Thursday (today) is the day of the Last Supper and when Christ instituted the Mass and the Eucharist. To commemorate this, I decided to repost this video on the Fourth Cup of the Passover and the parallels between the Sacrifice of Calvary and the Passover feast of the Jews. It’s quite interesting and brought up points I had never considered before, and I hope you find it interesting, too.