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Thursday 6th April 2023
Collect for purity:
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Gloria in excelsis
Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
Collect of the Day:
O God our Father, as you invite us to share in the supper that your Son gave to his Church to proclaim his death until he comes: inspire us by his service, and unite us in his love; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen
First Reading: Exodus 12.1-14
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
The Gospel John 13. 1–17, 31b–35
An Act of Humility, Repentance, and Renewal
As we celebrate the mystery of our Lord’s death and resurrection, let us come before God in penitence, praying that God’s image in us may be restored, and that we may be renewed in the power of the Holy Spirit.
I ask you, therefore:
Do you place your faith in God, who created the world, and in whose image you are made? We do.
Do you place your hope in Jesus Christ, who died for you and was raised from the dead? We do.
Do you place your trust in God’s Holy Spirit, who empowers and directs your life in accordance with God’s will? We do.
Do you repent of the sin which has separated you from God, and marred God’s image in you? We repent.
Do you accept again the cleansing from the power of sin, which you first received in your Baptism?. We do.
Will you model your life on the example of your Lord, Jesus Christ? With the help of God, we will.
Will you take up your cross, and follow Christ? With the help of God, we will.
Will you seek to serve God and God’s people, and not only to be served? We will, after the example of Christ.
Will you recognise in others the image of God in which you and they are made? We will, after the example of Christ.
Will you be faithful in worship, in reading holy Scripture, and in prayer? We will, by the grace of God’s Holy Spirit.
Will you use your gifts in the service of Christ’s Body, the Church? We will, by the grace of God’s Holy Spirit.
The Washing of Feet
The presiding celebrant washes the feet of some or all of those present.
After the Washing of Feet is finished, the following prayer may be used:
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ taught us that what we do for others we do also for him: give us the will to be the servant of others as he was the servant of all, who gave up his life and died for us; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you. (John 13. 34)
We meet in Christ’s name: Let us share his peace. Peace be with you
The Liturgy of the Sacrament
The Taking of the Bread and the Wine
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation; through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made: it will become for us the bread of life. Blessed be God for ever.
Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation; through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands; it will become the cup of our salvation. Blessed be God for ever.
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 him thanks and praise.
Worship and praise belong to you, maker of light and darkness. Your Wisdom draws beauty from chaos, brings a harvest out of sorrow and leads the exiles home. In Christ your Son enemies are reconciled, debts forgiven and strangers made welcome. Your Spirit frees us to live as sons and daughters in our Father’s house. We who by Christ’s power walk in the way of the Cross, sharing the joy of his obedience, and following his example of humility and service, now offer you our praise, with angels and archangels and the whole company of heaven singing the hymn of your unending glory:
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
Glory and thanksgiving be to you, most loving Father, for Christ in whom the world is reconciled. Lifted on the Cross, his suffering and forgiveness spanned the gulf our sins had made. Through that dark struggle death was swallowed up in victory, that life and light might reign. On the night he was given up to suffering and death, recalling the Passover in which the first-born of Egypt died, and Israel was released from slavery, your Chosen One, your only-begotten Son, freely offered his life. At supper with his disciples he took bread and offered you thanks. He broke the bread, and gave it to them, saying: “Take, eat. This is my Body: it is broken for you.” After supper, he took the cup, he offered you thanks, and gave it to them saying: “Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new covenant; it is poured out for you, and for all, that sins may be forgiven. Do this in remembrance of me.”
We now obey your Son’s command. We recall his blessed passion and death, his glorious resurrection and ascension; and we look for the coming of his Kingdom. Made one with him, we offer you these gifts and with them ourselves, a single, holy, living sacrifice.
Hear us, most merciful Father, and send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon this bread and this wine, that, overshadowed by your Spirit’s life-giving power, they may be the Body and Blood of your Son, and we may be kindled with the fire of your love and renewed for the service of your Kingdom.
Help us, who are baptised into the fellowship of Christ’s Body to live and work to your praise and glory; may we grow together in unity and love until at last, in your new creation, we enter into our heritage in the company of the Virgin Mary, the apostles, and prophets, and of all our brothers and sisters living and departed.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be to you, Lord of all ages, world without end. Amen.
The Breaking of the Bread
We, who are many, are one Body.
For we all share in the one bread.
The Lord’s Prayer
As our Saviour Christ has commanded and taught us, we are bold to say:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
‘This is my body that is broken for you; this cup is the new covenant in my blood’, says the Lord; Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ (1 Corinthians 11. 24–25)
Jesus, Lamb of God: have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins: have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world: Give us your peace.
Jesus said, ‘I am the vine, and you are the branches. They who abide in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit.’ (John 15. 5)
Almighty God, source of all love, whose only-begotten son, on the night of his betrayal, gave his disciples a new commandment, to love one another as he loved them: write this commandment in our hearts; and give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, who gave his life and died for us, yet is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.
The Stripping of the Altar
Now is the Son of Man glorified. (John 13. 31)
Watch and pray.
Taize chant: Stay with me, be close to me, watching and waiting, watching and waiting.
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