A Service of Readings, Reflection and Prayers for Maundy Thursday                                                                            

Revd Martin B Cox  Team Rector

The Gathering

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;                                                                               

 by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.                                                          

 We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.

We preach Christ crucified,                                                                                                           

the power of God and the wisdom of God.

By your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

God forbid that I should glory,                                                                                                  

 save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ

We adore you, O Christ and we bless you;                                                                                 

 by your holy cross, you have redeemed the world.

A reading from the book of Exodus, Chapter 12

The First Passover Instituted

12 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbour in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. 11 This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. 12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgements: I am the Lord. 13 The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. 14 This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.



So this is the moment. The moment when Jesus gathers with them all, including women and children as well as the 12.  This is the moment for teaching not by words but by action. This is the moment to show a new way of living and to infuse a meal which looks back to liberation with new meaning for a spiritual liberation. This is the moment. And as we heard Judas, who would hand him over with a kiss, is there too…

A poem by Joy Mead entitled, the Last Supper which captures the timeless event we recall throughout this day and each time we gather for the Eucharist.

All day they are in the house: Mary and Martha, Joanna and Salome, Susannah and all the others, baking bread, making ready, remembering together other meals: by the Sea, on the Mountain, in Bethany…and always hoping there will be enough to go round.

They move quietly in the space between the lines of his story, making a ceremonial of love out of everyday meals. From the beginning they have served and shared: memories, hopes, dreams and visions, common friendship.

He takes the unleavened bread, the bread of parting and haste, the bread of our sadnesses, passes it from man to woman, from woman to man, from man to child, child to woman from hand to hand, lips to lips- that with light and leavened remembering all may feast on immortal grain.

A reading from the letter to the 1 Corinthians, Chapter 11

The Institution of the Lord’s Supper

23 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for[g] you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ 25 In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.


Let us pray

Confident that Jesus Christ hears our prayer,                                                                                    

 let us offer our petitions with open hearts.

For all who serve in our church:                                                                                                             

May they follow the example of Christ and uphold the dignity of all people.

For all who serve in our country and community:                                                                                     

May they work for the good of all people, especially those who are poor and on the margins of society.

For all who serve others each day, especially parents, guardians, teachers,and those who care for the sick and suffering:

May they find comfort,hope and fulfilment knowing that their service makes a difference to many.

For all gathered here in our homes and chaplaincies:

May we live lives of service to God and one another, even when it is difficult or requires extra effort.

Maundy Thursday Collect

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he
suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood:
Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in
remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy
mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Standing at the foot of the cross, with Christians north and south, east and west, Protestant, Orthodox and Catholic,as our saviour taught us so we pray.

Please join me in praying the Lord’s Prayer in its traditional form.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

May Christ, who bore our sins on the cross,                             

 set us free to serve him with joy. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

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