Welcome to Thursday. Maundy Thursday

As we approach Good Friday, people are preparing for the conclusion of Holy Week and jumping into Easter!

Today marks the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (aka the Last Supper) and inaugurates the Easter Triduum! Traditionally, private mass is forbidden on this day and the only mass to be held is in the evening to celebrate the Lord’s Supper.

Churches around Antigua will begin services at 4 or 5 pm and conclude with exposing the blessed sacrament around beautifully decorated alters. The streets will be filled with people coming to enjoy the marvelous event! (And I’ll be there to capture some pictures)

People around the old city have already begun decorating the streets for the weekend! It is fun to watch people make these designs on the streets, layers of sawdust, pine leaves, various fruit and flowers to complete the decor. Hours of work to create a beautiful piece of artwork that is only seen for a couple of days. Talk about dedication!

The real celebration begins tomorrow afternoon, so I’ll be updating the blog a little later in the evening or on Saturday morning, depending how long I feel like celebrating! I’m getting pretty excited and will be posting a lot of pictures so stay tuned 🙂

Purple banners hanging all over town

Purple banners hanging all over town