Planning template for Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper

This is a template for planning a Roman Catholic Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper, in the Ordinary Form.

The service on Thursday (typically at night) is the first part of the Easter Triduum.   It remembers the Jewish Passover and Jesus insitituion of the Eucharist, and sets the scene for Jesus death and resurrection.

This form can be used to keep track of decisions about specific parts of the service, and to help with communication between the many people who are involved.

Downloadable file


This planning form is is over several landscape (ie sideways) A4 sheets of paper:  it is not possible to make a one-page-at-a-glance version, because of the extra things that happen in this liturgy.

Only a Microsoft Word version is provided, because you will almost certainly need to add / remove categories based on local needs.


What the template looks like

This is a picture of the overall format of the template.   It is described further in the following sections



Why four columns

A regular Catholic Mass liturgy planning template lists the service elements and has some space for the details of each one.  But the Easter Triduum services have a lot of extra elements, many of which need things to be moved from their usual place and arranged in certain ways which are unique to this service.   So this template has four columns, one for each of:
  • Service element name
  • Details (eg which reading or hymn, by who, leads from where)
  • Preparation needed
  • Preparation who / status

These give space for identifying preparations during the service planning.   And they link details of the preparations and people involved directly to the liturgical actions that need them.

This approach was adopted after using the template to plan several Easter ceremonies, and several other large one-off services.


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