The second reading at the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper contains the earliest account of the institution of the Holy Eucharist, from St Paul in Corinthians: ‘For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes’.

St John Chrysostom said: ‘We become one Body, and members of His flesh and of His bones… This is effected by the food which He has freely given us, desiring to show the love which He has for us’.

As we enter upon these sacred days, let us do so in the grace and power of the most Holy Eucharist; and may Christ’s love be shown in us and through us. May God bless you this day.