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Maundy Thursday

 

March 24

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See earlier entries:

https://lifeinliturgy.wordpress.com/2011/03/29/holy-thursday-year-a/

https://lifeinliturgy.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/more-holy-thursday-april-5/

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 TextWeek.com – 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.

 

Note: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor. If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention. No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

 

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*

Collect

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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Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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The following service evolved over a number of years of repetition, and draws on numerous sources.  The Tenebrae mentions “Mary’s Soliloquy,” which was created by the editor in seminary days.  Anyone who has a flare for the dramatic and an interest in working “without a net” in the dark is welcome to borrow it by emailing dchafin@wvdisciples.org.  A traditional homily would be difficult at that point, so silence might be its best substitute.  A homily could be offered within the Invitation to the Table.  A full text of the readings follows this outline of the service.

 

                                    Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord!

Gathering

Prelude

The Palms:  Mark 11:1-11

Greeting

            L: Praise the Lord, you who are God’s servants!

P:  Praise the name of the Lord.  May God’s name be blessed from now on and forever.

            L: Wherever the sun shines, from dawn until dusk, let God’s name be praised.

P:  Praise the Lord!

Entrance Hymn

Opening Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

The Prophecy:  Mark 14:1-21

            Anthem

Fellowship of the Upper Room

The Upper Room:  Mark 14:22-25

Invitation to the Table

Hymn:  An Upper Room Did our Lord Prepare                                                                                         

Prayers for Bread and Cup

Breaking of the Bread

Communion

All are welcome to receive the gifts of bread and wine from Christ’s table.  You are invited to come to the front of the church to receive a piece of bread, dip it in the cup and eat.  If you are unable to come forward, someone will come to serve you in your seat.

 

The Shadows

The Shadow of Denial:  Mark 14:26-31

Hymn:  When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

The Shadow of Sorrow:  Mark 14:32-42

The Shadow of Betrayal:  Mark 14:43-45

            Anthem

The Shadow of Desertion:  Mark 14:46-52

The Shadow of Trial:  Mark 14:53—15:15

The Shadow of Crucifixion:  Mark 15:16-32

Stripping of the Church

The Shadow of Death:  Mark 15:33-47

Extinguishing of the Paschal Candle

            Silent Reflection

            Mary’s Soliloquy      

Looking Forward: The Return of the Light of Hope

Blessing  

The congregation leaves in silence.

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Full Text:

(The word “CANDLE” below indicates the extinguishing of candles.  Assuming that altar candles are present on the Table, these are not to be included in the extinguished candles.  Those candles may be extinguished at the end of Communion, or – better – at the time of the Stripping. As each candle is extinguished, if the room allows for it, the room lighting should be lowered.  It is wise to practice this effect the day ahead at the same time the service will be offered, to determine how movement and reading will be affected.  If necessary, a very small portable light might be at hand to conclude the Tenebrae readings.)

 

The Palms:  Mark 11:1-11

When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it.  If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ just say this, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here immediately.'”

They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. As they were untying it, some of the bystanders said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?”  They told them what Jesus had said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it; and he sat on it.

Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed is the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”  Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at   everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Greeting

Entrance Hymn

Opening Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

            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 his 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, who teaches us to pray …Our Father,   (SIT)

The Prophecy:  Mark 14:1-21

It was two days before the Passover and the festival of Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him; for they said, “Not during the festival, or there may be a riot among the people.”

While he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at the table, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment of nard, and she broke open the jar and poured the ointment on his head.

But some were there who said to one another in anger, “Why was the ointment wasted in this way? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they scolded her.  But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me.  She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial.  Truly I tell you, wherever the good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.”

Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.  When they heard it, they were greatly pleased, and promised to give him money. So he began to look for an  opportunity to betray him.

On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is  sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?”  So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’   He will show you a large room upstairs,  furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.”

So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.  When it was evening, he came with the twelve.   And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.”  They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, “Surely, not I?”

He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me.  For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.”

Anthem

 

THE UPPER ROOM

The Upper Room:  Mark 14:22-25

While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”   Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it.  He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.   Truly I tell you, I will never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

Invitation to the Table

            This night we return to an upper room when Jesus gathered with his disciples to celebrate the passover and to share a meal of  remembrance.  Let us join with those first disciples and the church of all times and places to know Christ anew in the breaking of the bread.

Hymn

Prayers for Bread and Cup

   (NOTE: In Disciples congregations, because the Words of Institution have been previously read, they need not be repeated here, and following the prayers, the bread is broken in silence)

Breaking of the Bread

Communion

 (NOTE: Following Communion, the remaining Bread and Cup should be removed or covered; alternately, they may be removed during the Stripping, below.)

 

THE SHADOWS

The Shadow of Denial:  Mark 14:26-31

When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.   And Jesus said to them, “You will all become deserters; for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”

Peter said to him, “Even though all become deserters, I will not.”  Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this day, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.”  But he said vehemently, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And all of them said the same.

  CANDLE

Hymn:  When I Survey the Wondrous Cross                              

The Shadow of Sorrow:  Mark 14:32-42

They went to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”  He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and    agitated.  And said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.”  And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.  He said, “Abba, Father, for you all things are  possible; remove this cup from me; yet, not what I want, but what you want.”

He came and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not keep awake one hour?  Keep awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

And again he went away and prayed, saying the same words.  And once more he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they did not know what to say to him.

He came a third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Enough! The hour has come; the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.   Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.”

   CANDLE

The Shadow of Betrayal:  Mark 14:43-45

Immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; and with him there was a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders.

Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.”  So when he came, he went up to him at once and said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him.

   CANDLE

            Anthem:  

The Shadow of Desertion:  Mark 14:46-52

Then they laid hands on him and arrested him.   But one of those who stood near drew his sword and struck the slave of the high priest, cutting off his ear.

Then Jesus said to them, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a bandit?  Day after day I was with you in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me. But let the scriptures be  fulfilled.”  All of them deserted him and fled.  A certain young man was following him, wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.

   CANDLE

The Shadow of Trial:  Mark 14:53—15:15

They took Jesus to the high priest; and all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes were assembled.    Peter had followed him at a distance, right into the courtyard of the high priest; and he was sitting with the guards, warming himself at the fire.

Now the chief priests and the whole council were looking for testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none.  For many gave false testimony against him, and their testimony did not agree.   Some stood up and gave false testimony against him, saying,  “We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands.'” But even on this point their testimony did not agree.

Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer? What is it that they testify against you?”   But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?”

Jesus said, “I am; and ‘you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power,’ and ‘coming with the clouds of heaven.'”  Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “Why do we still need witnesses?  You have heard his blasphemy! What is your decision?” All of them condemned him as deserving death.  Some began to spit on him, to blindfold him, and to strike him, saying to him, “Prophesy!” The guards also took him over and beat him.

While Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant-girls of the high priest came by.  When she saw Peter warming himself, she stared at him and said, “You also were with Jesus, the man from Nazareth.” But he denied it, saying, “I do not know or understand what you are talking about.” And he went out into the forecourt. Then the cock crowed.

And the servant-girl, on seeing him, began again to say to the bystanders, “This man is one of them.”  But again he denied it. Then after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, “Certainly you are one of them; for you are a Galilean.”  But he began to curse, and he swore an oath, “I do not know this man you are talking about.”  At that moment the cock crowed for the second time. Then Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept.

As soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. They bound Jesus, led him away, and handed him over to Pilate.  Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” He answered him, “You say so.”  Then the chief priests accused him of many things.

Pilate asked him again, “Have you no answer? See how many charges they bring against you.”  But Jesus made no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

Now at the festival he used to release a prisoner for them, anyone for whom they asked.  Now a man called Barabbas was in prison with the  rebels who had committed murder during the insurrection.   So the crowd came and began to ask Pilate to do for them according to his custom.   Then he answered them, “Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”  For he realized that it was out of jealousy that the chief priests had handed him over.

But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have him release Barabbas for them instead.   Pilate spoke to them again, “Then what do you wish me to do with the man you call the King of the Jews?”  They shouted back, “Crucify him!”

Pilate asked them, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify him!”  So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified.

            CANDLE

The Shadow of Crucifixion:  Mark 15:16-32

Then the soldiers led him into the courtyard of the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters); and they called together the whole cohort.   And they clothed him in a purple cloak; and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on him.  And they began saluting him, “Hail, King of the Jews!”  They struck his head with a reed, spat upon him, and knelt down in homage to him.

After mocking him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.

They compelled a passer-by, who was coming in from the country, to carry his cross; it was Simon of Cyrene, the father of Alexander and Rufus.

Then they brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull).  And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh; but he did not take it.  And they crucified him, and divided his clothes among them, casting lots to decide what each should take.  It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.

The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.”  And with him they crucified two bandits, one on his right and one on his left.  Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself, and come down from the cross!”

In the same way the chief priests, along with the scribes, were also mocking him among themselves and saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself.    Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down from the cross now, so that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also taunted him.

CANDLE

Stripping of the Church

              (This time of silence, even if the church is not quite dark, can be very effective as the minister and perhaps one assistant remove any ornamentation, paraments, flowers that are in the room.  It should not be hurried.  If the cross has not been veiled prior to this time, the minister should cover it prior to continuing.)

The Shadow of Death:  Mark 15:33-47

When it was noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the   afternoon.   At three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you       forsaken me?”  When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, “Listen, he is calling for Elijah.”  And someone ran, filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.”

Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last.      

SILENCE  

And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.   Now when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”

There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.  These used to follow him and provided for him when he was in Galilee; and there were many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem.

When evening had come, and since it was the day of Preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath, Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the council, who was also himself waiting expectantly for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.

Then Pilate wondered if he were already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him whether he had been dead for some time.  When he learned from the centurion that he was dead, he granted the body to Joseph.

Then Joseph bought a linen cloth, and taking down the body, wrapped it in the linen cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been hewn out of the rock. He then rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.   Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses saw where the body was laid.

                        Paschal Candle

            Silent Reflection  (this should be at least 1 minute long)

            (“Mary’s Soliloquy”) 

Looking Forward: The Return of the Light of Hope  (here, a safe amount of light to facilitate exit of the congregation should be raised)

Blessing  

Now may the God of peace who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do God’s will, working in you that which is pleasing in God’s sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

(No music.  Minister and other leaders leave in silence.  Congregation follows at their own pace.)

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Holy Thursday (evening) marks the beginning of the Paschal Triduum, marking the Passion of Christ and the Easter Celebration.  While Disciples of Christ congregations, and indeed most who find themselves rooted in what has come to be called “Free Church” tradition, focus on the institution of the Lord’s Supper in their devotional and liturgical observances of the day, “Maundy” of “Maundy Thursday” has much more direct ties to the “mandatum” – the new commandment given by Christ to his disciples, to love one another as he has loved them, which he demonstrated in the washing of their feet (John’s gospel, which gives no “insitution of the Lord’s Supper” as noted in the synoptics, offers the account of washing feet in chapter 13 as the only such occasion in the gospels). 

It is interesting to me, as an Appalachian Christian, to note that this tradition of washing feet in the gathered church is known among some of the Baptists as a sacrament (or ordinance on par with Baptism and Communion), and among Roman Catholics as a liturgical act of sacramental importance.   For many of us who are a little bit of both – as I often feel that we Disciples are – it is overlooked entirely. 

In many traditions, the bells and instruments of the church are silenced after the Eucharist ends on Thursday and are not sounded again until the proclamation of the Resurrection at Easter (or in the Easter Vigil).  There are numerous musical works composed for the Triduum that are hard to overlook, and pastoral sensitivity, as well as church tradition, will have to guide the planners of liturgical and devotional life in the parish.  The Tenebrae (Shadows) or the full reading of the Passion story may conclude the services for the day, and may include the stripping of liturgical adornments (not the cross) and/or a veiling of the cross or crucifix.  A “barren landscape” is often what remains of the sanctuary, appropriate for those hours which lie ahead up to the Vigil of Easter; yet in some churches where multiple readings of the Passion may occur, this stripping often gets repeated, which looks a little disingenuous.  Perhaps it might best be saved for the last act at the Good Friday eucharistic liturgy.

Click on Scripture

Exodus 12:1-4, (5-10), 11-14
Roman Catholic reading: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18
Episcopal reading (RCL): Psalm 116:1, 10-17
United Methodist reading: Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Roman Catholic reading: John 13:1-15

 

Collect

At Morning and Evening Prayer the Collect of Palm Sunday is used.
At Holy Communion this Collect is used.

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.

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