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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Maundy Thursday of Holy Week 28.3.13



This is the day
that Christ the Lamb of God
gave himself into the hands of those who would slay him.



This is the day
that Christ gathered with his disciples in the upper room.

 This is the day
that Christ took a towel
and washed the disciples' feet,
giving us an example that we should do to others
as He has done to us.


This is the day
that Christ our God gave us the feast,
that we who eat this bread and drink this cup
may here proclaim his Holy Sacrifice
may keep always in remembrance of Him
and be partakers of His resurrection,
and at the last day may reign with Him in heaven.


O God,
your son Yeshua Jesus
has left to us this meal of bread and wine
in which we share His body and His blood.
May we who celebrate this sign of His great love
show in our lives the fruits of His redemption;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever... Amen.



Readings:
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I will lift up the cup of salvation.


Father,
we spread the table
to remember the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ, 
your Son, and our Saviour.
Accept all we offer you this day.
Bind us together in His love
and in the love He has commanded us to bring one another
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Fellow servants of our Lord Jesus Christ,
on the night before His death,
Yeshua Jesus set an example for His disciples
by washing their feet, an act of humble service.
He taught that strength and growth
in the life of the kingdom of God
come not by power, authority, or even miracle,
but by such lowly service.



Therefore, all who share in the royal priesthood of Christ
may recall Whose servants we are
by following the example of our Master.
Remembering His admonition
that what will be done for you
 is also to be done by you to others,
for "a servant is not greater than his master,
nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him.
If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them."
John 13.17



Holy God,
source of all love,
on the night of His betrayal
Yeshua Jesus gave His disciples a new commandment,
to love one another as He loved them.




Write this commandment in our hearts;
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 and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and for ever.  Amen and Amen.


A new commandment I give to you,
that you love one another as I have loved you.
John 13.34







3 comments:

s. franks said...

Thank you for sharing God's love to others.

Sandy

Lucy said...

Thanks for this thoughtful post today and all during Holy Week! Your garland of images to accompany scripture and prayers (or anytime) are also much appreciated!

~lucy

Susan Clayton said...

Thank you for sharing your Holy Week posts. They are a blessing.

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