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43451RE: [liturgy-l] Holy/Maundy Thursday Watch

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  • Jim .
    Feb 28, 2013
      My former Pastor, a Franciscan, had an Altar of Repose on Holy Thursday with the church open until midnight. 
      The Sacrament was then moved to our chapel, off the main church, where it was held until the distribution of communion on Good Friday afternoon. 
      Aside from the question............I  found it most interesting that Fr. Franciscan would cover his head with the cowl of his habit when he knelt before the Altar of Repose. The only time I've ever seen that is in a video of Franciscans who were in the chapel of the burial place of St. Francis.
      I'd be most interested in learning the significance of this action.


      To: liturgy-l@yahoogroups.com
      From: dlewisaao@...
      Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:05:13 -0500
      Subject: [liturgy-l] Holy/Maundy Thursday Watch


      There are various traditions out there pertaining to the H/MT Watch.  For example, Ritual Notes says that "A watch is maintained at the altar of repose at least until midnight, and until the morrow's (Good Friday) liturgy if possible."  The Priest's Handbook says that "it is appropriate" that the watch go on all night.  Per an internet reference, "Although in most churches today this 'watch' normally ends at midnight some Anglican churches still retain a 'watch' throughout the night to symbolize Jesus' agony in the garden of Gethsemane and his arrest and trial before both the Roman and Jewish authorities." On the other hand, I understand that contemporary RC practice is that the watch ends at midnight.
      If the watch ends at midnight, would the Sacrament remain on the altar of repose?  Would the only difference really be that the altar of repose basically would be unattended until the Sacrament is removed for the Good Friday liturgy distribution?  Or would the altar of repose be dismantled after midnight and the Sacrament be moved to a hidden place at that point, for use for the sick as well as for distribution on Good Friday?
      Any references/clarifications would be helpful particularly in terms of current Catholic practice.
      David Lewis

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