Maundy Thursday

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Grace and peace to you all from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.

We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our resurrection, our salvation and our life.          (See Galatians 6. 14)

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 12.1-4, 11-14

After the reading: This is the Word of the Lord       Thanks be to God

Second Reading:         1 Corinthians 11:23-26

After the reading: This is the Word of the Lord       Thanks be to God

The Gospel      

The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to John. Glory to Christ our Saviour.

John 13. 1–17, 31b–35

At the end of the reading: Give thanks to the Lord for his glorious gospel. Praise to Christ our Lord.

The Maundy      

An Act of Humility, Repentance, and Renewal

Dear friends in Christ, the Lord Jesus suffered for us, leaving us an example that we might follow in his steps. In his incarnation he took our human flesh and lived among us for a time. He came not to be served but to serve, and to give up his life for us. Christ died for us, once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, in whose image we have been created.

In Baptism we have died in the flesh and been made alive in the Spirit. We have been buried with Christ, that we might share in his resurrection.

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.


Let us pray to the Father, as Christ prayed for his disciples.

Holy Father, as you are one, may we who are Christ’s Body also be one. Let the Church in this place reflect your glory to the world.


May we and all Christian people be united in your love. Let us recognise in each other, and in all people, your image in which we are made.


May your name be manifested in us. May we be sanctified in your truth. May your love be in us.


May we be united with those who suffer for their faith in your Son. Let us be ready to meet the cost of following him.


Bring us all, through the death and burial of your only-begotten Son, to the joy of his resurrection.


Send us out into the world in Christ’s name. Let us follow his example, serving others as we would serve you.


Father, accept the prayer of your Church on this day when Christ, our high priest, gave himself to us (in the Eucharist); who lives and reigns forever and ever. 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.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament


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.

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 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.

Communion Sentence

‘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)

Communion Song

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us 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.


Christ crucified draw you to himself, to find in him a sure ground for faith, a firm support for hope, and the assurance of sins forgiven; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.  Amen.

Psalm 22

My God, my God, look upon me; why has thou forsaken me : and art so far from my health, and from the words of my complaint?

O my God, I cry in the day-time, but thou hearest not : and in the night-season also I take no rest.

And thou continuest holy : O thou worship of Israel.

Our fathers hoped in thee : they trusted in thee, and thou didst deliver them.

They called upon thee, and were holpen : they put their trust in thee, and were not confounded.

But as for me, I am a worm, and no man : a very scorn of men, and the outcast of the people.

All they that see me laugh me to scorn : they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads, saying,

He trusted in God, that he would deliver him : let him deliver him, if he will have him.

But thou art he that took me our of my mother’s womb : thou wast my hope, when I hanged yet upon my mother’s breasts.

I have been left unto thee ever since I was born : thou art my God, even from my mother’s womb.

O go not from me, for trouble is hard at hand : and there is none to help me.

Many oxen are come about me : fat bulls of Basan close me in on every side.

They gape upon me with their mouths : as if I were a ramping and a roaring lion.

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint : my heart also in the midst of my body is even like melting wax.

My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaveth to my gums : and thou shalt bring me into the dust of death.

For many dogs are come about me : and the council of the wicked lay siege against me.

They pierced my hands and my feet; I may tell all my bones : they stand staring and looking upon me.

They part my garments among them : and cast lots upon my vesture.

But be not far from me, O Lord : thou art my succour, haste thee to help me.

Deliver my soul from the sword : my darling from the power of the dog.

Save me from the lion’s mouth : thou hast heard me also from among the horns of the unicorns.

I will declare thy Name unto my brethren : in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.

O praise the Lord, ye that fear him : magnify him, all ye the seed of Jacob, and fear him, all ye seed of Israel;

For he hath not despised, nor abhorred, the low estate of the poor : he hath not hid his face from him, but when he called unto him he heard him.

My praise is of thee in the great congregation : my vows will I perform in the sight of them that fear him.

The poor shall eat and be satisfied : they that seek after the Lord shall praise him; your heart shall live for ever.

All the ends of the world shall remember themselves, and be turned unto the Lord : and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before him.

For the kingdom is the Lord’s : and he is the Governor among the people.

All such as be fat upon earth : have eaten and worshipped.

All they that go down into the dust shall kneel before him : and no man hath  quickened his own soul.

My seed shall serve him : they shall be counted unto the Lord for a generation.

They shall come, and the heavens shall declare his righteousness : unto a people that shall be born, whom the Lord hath made.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, word without end. Amen.

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