Gospel: Mark 14: 12-16; 22-26

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Mark.

On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the paschal lamb, the disciples said to Jesus, “Where do you wish us to go to prepare the Passover supper for you?”  Jesus sent two of the disciples with these instructions: “Go into the city, and you will come upon a man carrying a water jar. Follow him into a house and say to the owner, ‘The Teacher asks, “Where is my guestroom where I may eat the Passover meal with my disciples?’ ”  Then you will be shown an upstairs room, spacious, furnished, and all in order.  That is the place you are to get ready for us.”  The disciples went off.  When they reached the city, they found it just as Jesus had told them, and they prepared the Passover supper.

During the meal, Jesus took some bread, and after saying the blessing, broke it and gave it to them, saying, “Take this and eat This is my body.” Then Jesus took a cup, gave thanks and passed it to them, and they all drank from it.  Jesus said to them, “This is my blood, the blood of the covenant, which will be poured out on behalf of many.  I solemnly assure you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until the day I drink it anew in the reign of God.”  After singing songs of praise, they walked out to the Mount of Olives.

The Good News as spoken through Mark.

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