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Maundy Thursday

Today is MAUNDY THURSDAY where we remember especially Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples.This is another liturgy that moves us on. It begins with the Eucharist and the washing of feet, where there is an emphasis on fellowship, and where even on this night, there is a hint of celebration.

It ends with the garden, the watch, the desertion of disciples and the darkness. This is reflected in the service by the stripping bare of the altars, the dimming of the lights and then a silent departure without blessing or dismissal. The Vigil, or the time of watch is a profound experience, kneeling in a shadowy darkened church as if in the garden of Gethsemane, engaging with what it means to ‘watch with Christ’.

 

 

While they were eating, he took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it 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 the blood of my covenant, which is poured out for many.’

(Mark 14: 22-24 – NRSV)  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music for reflection: 

Thanksgiving from ‘We Adore You’ by Briege O’ Hare
(used with permission)
Copyright: Hermitage Productions

 

Broken Bread

© Sr Mary Stephen CRSS

Copyright Administration: McCrimmons Publishing Co. Ltd www.mccrimmons.com (used with permission)

 

[Jesus} got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around him.Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him.

(John 13;4-6 – NRSV)Music for Reflection:
Ubi Caritas sung by the community of Taizé from’Joy on Earth’
Music: Taizé. © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, France (used with permission)

Servant King

 

‘He came out and went as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place he said to them, ‘Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.’Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down and prayed, ‘Father if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done’…….when he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief.’

(Luke: 39-46 – NRSV) 

Music for Reflection:
Stay with me sung by the community of Taizé from ‘Joy on Earth’
Music: Taizé. © Ateliers et Presses de Taizé, France (used with permission)

Garden of Gethsemane

© Sr Mary Stephen CRSS

Copyright Administration: McCrimmons Publishing Co. Ltd www.mccrimmons.com (used with permission)