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Maundy Thursday


Maundy Thursday


March 24

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See earlier entries:

Liturgy for Maundy Thursday with Tenebrae (Mark)

Also See Palm/Passion Sunday for Passion Story Worship Aids and Hymns


Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):


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Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14  Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.


Hymn of Praise:   Any of the Palm Sunday processional hymns are appropriate, as are several of those from Advent-Christmas (see especially 127, 140, 161-verse 1)

Hymn of Invitation:  600, 194

Communion Hymn:   392

Dismissal:  This service traditionally ends without music (many churches silence the instruments  from this point until Easter Vigil)


More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.


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Hymn of the Day from William Flewelling

On 1 Corinthians 11:23-26


What was received is now passed on,

taught to the following,

that Jesus on the night betrayed

took bread, blessed, broke and gave:

this is my body – thus he says –

which is for you this day.

And this new covenant he gives,

the cup, his blood for us.


Thus given, O our God, we stand

in awe and wonder, all.

And in this sharing of the feast

we do remember well.

In this memorial we raise

we find reality

that with the fellowship in faith

we ripe communion own.


Transforming every day, O Lord,

you bring unto our fare,

the notice of remembered care,

his death that quickens life.

Proclaiming in the broken bread,

the cup together shared,

his death in life that rouses joy

until he comes afresh.


DCM     Suggested tune: Kingsfold


Words of Greeting/Call to Prayer  

L: Come to the upper room,

P: where Christ shared his body and blood.

L: Come to Gethsemene,

P: where he prayed and was betrayed.

L: Come to the courts of justice,

P: where the Righteous One was found guilty.

L: Come to the hill outside Jerusalem,

P: where the innocent suffered and died.

L: Come, let us bow down in awe,

P: for what happened there was done for us.


Prayer of Approach

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. Eternal God of mercy, we gather in awesome wonder to behold your loving gift of Jesus Christ, who, coming to bring the world to wholeness, was broken by it.  Yet by his death we live and know your unbreakable love.  As we gather to remember Christ’s gift of fellowship at table, and to recall our frail failings of devotion, pierce our hearts with a conviction of our own betrayals, reassure us of your abiding presence and transform us by the Spirit of Christ our Lord  (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)


Confession of Sin

Forgive us, Lord, for forgetting your sacrifice and for thinking your grace is cheap.  Forgive us, Lord, for using the cross as a trinket, forgetting the agony it represents. Forgive us, Lord, for taking our worship for granted, forgetting the struggle that has assured its freedom.  Forgive us, Lord, for being calloused to human cruelty, forgetting that every victim is a creature of God.  Forgive us, Lord, for being nonchalant about injustice, forgetting that it still nails innocence to the cross.  Forgive us, Lord, for thinking that sacrifice is obsolete, forgetting that we still contend against the powers of darkness.  Receive our prayers offered in all humility, as we remember and honor Christ our Lord who prays for us still.  Amen.


Prayers from Common Worship*


God our Father, you have invited us to share in the supper which your Son gave to his Church to proclaim his death until he comes: may he nourish us by his presence, and unite us in his love; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Post Communion

Lord Jesus Christ, we thank you that in this wonderful sacrament you have given us the memorial of your passion: grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries of your body and blood that we may know within ourselves and show forth in our lives the fruit of your redemption, for you are alive and reign, now and for ever.


Alternative Collect

God our Father, your Son Jesus Christ was obedient to the end and drank the cup prepared for him: may we who share his table watch with him through the night of suffering and be faithful.


Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

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.


Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2016, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

John 13:1-17, 31b-35


Upon the knees to bathe worn feet,

the Servant-Lord betrays the mood

your graciousness forever serves, O God.

From such an attitude of heart

is glory indicated, poured in anointing ease

upon the bowing head.

Let us thus slowly find, O Lord, the peace

that glorifies the servants’ heads this hour.



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Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2015. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2015 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2015; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.


Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.


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