It is an ancient custom of the Church to keep a watch before the Reserved Sacrament following the liturgy of Maundy Thursday, recalling the time Jesus and his disciples spent in the Garden of Gethsemane after the Last Supper and before Jesus’ arrest.
Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” Matthew 26
Parishioners are invited to sign up online at the link below or at the information table for a one hour shift between 8:00 PM Thursday evening, March 24 until the watch ends at noon on Good Friday, March 25. There should be at least two people keeping vigil at all times throughout the night, but more than two are welcome! Feel free to sign up for longer than one hour. The Sacred Watch will take place in the Chapel.
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