Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 13                                                                                                          7:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday 

Commemoration of the Institution of the Lord’s Supper
Foot/Hand Washing & The Stripping of the Altar 

The Gathering of the Community

                   Prelude:  For the Bread Which You Have Broken – Arr. C. Callahan

Introduction to Maundy Thursday Liturgy 

Anthem – So Said the Lord that Night – R. C. Lau

Collect of the Day

Eternal God, in the sharing of a meal your Son established a new covenant for all people, and in the washing of feet he showed us the dignity of service.  Grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these signs of our life in faith may speak again to our hearts, feed our spirits, and refresh our bodies.  Amen.

                              THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD AND PRAYER

1st Reading: Exodus 12.1-14  (pg 57 in the pew Bible)   

Psalm 116. 1, 10-17  (said – pg 864 in the BAS)

2nd Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26  (pg 1047 in the pew Bible)  

GOSPEL:  John 13:1-17, 31b-35 (pg 983 in the pew Bible)

Homily – The Venerable Ross Hammond

Foot/Hand Washing

Hymn: 504 – Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us With Your Love

Prayers of the People:

Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of your eye.
    Hide us under the shadow of your wings.

For the peace of the whole world, we pray to you, Lord.
    Lord, have mercy. 

For those who are weary, sleepless, and depressed, we pray to you, Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

For those who are hungry, sick, and frightened, we pray to you, Lord,
Lord, have mercy.

For rest and refreshment, we pray to you, Lord,
    Lord, have mercy. 

Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping, that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep we may rest in peace.  Amen

THE CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST

The Preparation of the Gifts  

Offertory Hymn: 62 – Come Let Us Eat

 Prayer over the Gifts

Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is indeed right that we should praise you, gracious God, for you created all things.  You formed us in your own image: male and female you created us.  When we turned away from you in sin, you did not cease to care for us, but opened a path of salvation for all people.  You made a covenant with Israel, and through your servants Abraham and Sarah gave the promise of a blessing to all nations.  Through Moses you led your people from bondage into freedom; through the prophets you renewed your promise of salvation.  Therefore, with them, and with all your saints who have served you in every age, we give thanks and raise our voices to proclaim the glory of your name.

All Sing:      Holy, Holy, Holy Lord
                   God of power and might,
                   Heaven and earth are full of your glory,
                   Hosanna in the highest.
                   Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
                   Hosanna in the highest.

Celebrant:
Holy God, source of life and goodness, all creation rightly gives you praise.  In the fullness of time, you sent your Son Jesus Christ, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.  He healed the sick and ate and drank with outcasts and sinners; he opened the eyes of the blind and proclaimed the good news of your kingdom to the poor and to those in need.  In all things he fulfilled your gracious will.

On the night he freely gave himself to death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.  Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Gracious God, his perfect sacrifice destroys the power of sin and death; by raising him to life you give us life for evermore.

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith.

     All         Christ has died.
                  Christ is risen.
                  Christ will come again.

Celebrant
Recalling his death, proclaiming his resurrection, and looking for his coming again in glory, we offer you, Father, this bread and this cup.  Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these gifts, that all who eat and drink at this table may be one body and one holy people, a living sacrifice in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory is  yours, almighty Father, now and for ever.

People      Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer   (said) 

The Communion   

Communion Hymn: 634 – Jesus, Remember Me

Prayer after Communion

Stripping of the Altar

After Communion, the Chancel and the Altar will be stripped to remind us of the stripping of Christ. We will do this together in silence, each person taking an item to the sacristy door and handing it to a member of the Altar Guild. After you have taken an item to the sacristy, please return to your seat and wait in prayer and meditation.  

Rev. Andrea and Father Ross will help identify items to remove if necessary.  At the last, a member of the Altar Guild will wash the bare altar and then the cross on the reredos will be removed.  

Once that has taken place, the congregation is asked to leave quietly as we recall the going of Jesus and the Apostles to the Garden of Gethsemane, followed by the scattering of the Apostles after the arrest of Jesus.

 

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