"While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins."

Matthew 26: 26-29 (NRSV)

We do not know from Scripture whether Mary was at the Last Supper or not - though custom as set by Moses would have had households sharing the Passover Meal together so that the sacrificial lamb be wholly consumed. Did she - and the other women mentioned in the Passion story to come - join together in the preparation of the last meal their beloved son and friend would share on this earth?

Many people anticipating death begin to think of how they will be remembered and how they can offer a token - a trinket - a special item which speaks of a shared memory - so that they are not forgotten. The rich immortalise themselves in portrait and wealth - but our Lord chooses to immortalise himself in bread - and in wine.

Pray for those who receive Communion of the Sick and Housebound

     Mary, Lady of the Eucharist,
     your life bore witness to self-giving -
     your own and that of your Son.
     Pray for those for whom the gift of God's Word and your son's self-giving
     sustain them in time of darkness and suffering.
     May the self-giving love of your son sustain them.

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