MAUNDY THURSDAY (9th April)
Maundy comes from the Latin ‘mandatum novum’ – ‘new commandment’. John 13v.34. Today the Church commemorates the institution of the Eucharist, ‘the day before he suffered’. During the supper our Lord gave us a lesson in love which was shown washing of his disciples’ feet.
+ In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Trusting in God’s plan for us, let us ask to be renewed in heart and in mind.
Lord, you showed us perfect love. Lord, have mercy.
Lord, you gave yourself completely. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, you left us an example to copy. Lord, have mercy.
A reading from the first letter of S. Paul to the Corinthians:
This is what I received from the Lord, and in turn passed on to you: that on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and thanked God for it and broke it, and He said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this as a memorial of me.” In the same way he took the cup after supper, and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Whenever you drink it, do this as a memorial of me.” Until the Lord comes, therefore, every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death.
We offer our prayers to the Father who calls us home.
We pray for the Church; that in the humility of Christ, we may share her true riches with each other and with the world.
For the leaders of our nation: that they may lead by service especially at this difficult time.
For those who are in need, that they may be supported by a caring society.
We pray that we may all help each other in the great journey, and lighten each other’s load on the way.
We pray for the medical and nursing professions and for all carers.
We pray for all those who have come to the end of their life: that they may take that final step into the heavenly kingdom.
We thank you, Father, when your Son loved us to perfection, and showed us the final meaning of His love.
CHRIST MOVES TO THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE WHERE HE WILL FACE ARREST AND THEN TRIAL
Servant – Christ, in prayer we follow you into the garden, to watch with you. Help us to be ever vigilant for signs of the dawning of your day; to struggle unsparingly to understand, and to be obedient to your perfect will.