Maundy Thursday Order of service

Maundy Thursday order of service

(see below for text of Maundy Thursday prayers in church)

O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Give us the joy of your saving help
and sustain us with your life-giving Spirit.

Eternal God, source of all blessing,
help us to worship you
with all our heart and mind and strength;
for you alone are God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
whose trust, ever childlike, no cares could destroy:
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe:
Be there at our labors, and give us, we pray,
your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace:
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm:
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

Our Lord Jesus Christ says:
‘If you love me, keep my commandments.’
‘Unless I wash you, you have no part in me.’
‘Let us confess to almighty God our sins against his love,
and ask him to cleanse us.

Silence is kept.

Have mercy on us, O God, in your great goodness;
according to the abundance of your compassion blot out our offences.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Against you only have we sinned and done what is evil in your sight.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Purge us from our sin and we shall be clean; wash us and we shall be whiter than snow.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

May the Father forgive you
by the death of his Son
and strengthen you
to live in the power of the Spirit
all your days. Amen.

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 the Holy Spirit
these signs of our life in faith may speak again in our hearts,
feed our spirits, and refresh our bodies.

Liturgy of the Word
1 Corinthians 11.23-26
For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the
Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread,
and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body
that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he
took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in
my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the
Lord’s death until he comes.

PSALM 116.1,10-end
I love the Lord,
for he has heard the voice of my supplication;
because he inclined his ear to me
on the day I called to him.
How shall I repay the Lord
for all the benefits he has given to me?
I will lift up the cup of salvation
and call upon the name of the Lord.
I will fulfil my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people.
Precious in the sight of the Lord
is the death of his faithful servants.
O Lord, I am your servant,
your servant, the child of your handmaid;
you have freed me from my bonds.
I will offer to you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call upon the name of the Lord.
I will fulfil my vows to the Lord
in the presence of all his people,
In the courts of the house of the Lord,
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever. Amen.

John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had
come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his
own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had
already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray
him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all
things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to
God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel
around himself. 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. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, ‘Lord, are you
going to wash my feet?’ Jesus answered, ‘You do not know now what I
am doing, but later you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You will
never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered, ‘Unless I wash you, you have no
share with me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but
also my hands and my head!’ Jesus said to him, ‘One who has bathed
does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And
you are clean, though not all of you.’ For he knew who was to betray
him; for this reason he said, ‘Not all of you are clean.’
After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned
to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done to you?
You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I
am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also
ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that
you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you,
servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater
than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed
if you do them.
When he had gone out, Jesus said, ‘Now the Son of Man has been
glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in
him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.
Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me;
and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you
cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one
another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By
this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for
one another.’

Reflection from Dan Culbertson

Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Though he was divine,
he did not cling to equality with God,
but made himself nothing.
Taking the form of a slave,
he was born in human likeness.
He humbled himself and was obedient to death,
even the death of the cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high,
and given him the name above every name:
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow,
and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

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. Amen.

When circumstances are such that we cannot share in the Eucharist in
person, we can still make an Act of Spiritual Communion, in which we
express our faith in Christ, and we ask Him to unite Himself with us.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you are the bread of life and the one true vine.
I pray that you will come into my heart and soul,
that I may be united to you,
by your all-powerful and ever-present Holy Spirit.
Let me receive you, and be nourished by you.
Become for me the manna in my wilderness,
the bread of angels
for my very human journey through time,
a foretaste of the heavenly banquet,
and solace in the hour of my death.
I pray all this, trusting that you yourself are
our Life, our Peace, and our everlasting Joy. Amen.

From heaven you came, helpless babe,
Entered our world, your glory veiled;
Not to be served but to serve,
And give your life that we might live.

This is our God, the Servant King,
He calls us now to follow him,
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to the Servant King.

There in the garden of tears,
My heavy load he chose to bear;
His heart with sorrow was torn,
‘Yet not my will but yours,’ he said.

Come, see his hands and his feet,
The scars that speak of sacrifice,
Hands that flung stars into space
To cruel nails surrendered.

So let us learn how to serve,
And in our lives enthrone him;
Each other’s needs to prefer,
For it is Christ we’re serving.



O Lord, open our lips
and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Give us the joy of your saving help
and sustain us with your life-giving Spirit.

Out of the depths I have called to you, Lord.
Let your ears be open to hear my voice.
My hope is in God’s word.
If you recorded all our sins
who could come before you?
My hope is in God’s word.
There is forgiveness with you:
therefore you shall be feared.
My hope is in God’s word.
My soul is longing for the Lord,
more than those who watch for daybreak.
My hope is in God’s word.
O Israel, wait for the Lord,
for with the Lord there is mercy.
My hope is in God’s word.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
My hope is in God’s word.

verses from Psalm 141


In the power of the Spirit let us pray to the Father
through Christ the saviour of the world.

Father, on this, the night he was betrayed,
your Son Jesus Christ washed his disciples’ feet.
We commit ourselves to follow his example of love and service.
Lord, hear us
and humble us.
On this night, he prayed for his disciples to be one.
We pray for the unity of your Church.
Lord, hear us
and unite us.
On this night, he prayed for those who were to believe through his
disciples’ message.
We pray for the mission of your Church.
Lord, hear us
and renew our zeal.
On this night, he commanded his disciples to love,
but suffered rejection himself.
We pray for the rejected and unloved.
Lord, hear us
and fill us with your love.
On this night, he reminded his disciples
that if the world hated them it hated him first.
We pray for those who are persecuted for their faith.
Lord, hear us
and give us your peace.
On this night, he accepted the cup of death
and looked forward to the new wine of the kingdom.
We remember those who have died in the peace of Christ.
Lord, hear us
and welcome all your children into paradise.

Standing at the foot of the cross,
let us pray as our Saviour taught us:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name;
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours,
now and for ever. Amen.

The Conclusion
When the disciples had sung a hymn they went out to the Mount of
Olives. Jesus prayed to the Father, ‘If it is possible, take this cup of
suffering from me.’ He said to his disciples, ‘How is it that you were
not able to keep watch with me for one hour? The hour has come for
the Son of Man to be handed over to the power of sinners.’