Resources for Maundy Thursday 2020

These are resources meant mainly for The Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas, on the island of Crete in Greece, but others may find them helpful!

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Ο Νιπτήρ O Niptir The Washbasin – the Icon of Maundy Thursday, when Jesus served his disciples by washing their feet. This icon hangs in our kitchen, and was a gift to me from my Beloved.

As Common Worship puts it:

Maundy Thursday (from mandatum, ‘commandment’, because of the use of John 13.34 in the Antiphon) contains a rich complex of themes: humble Christian service expressed through Christ’s washing of his disciples’ feet, the institution of the Eucharist, the perfection of Christ’s loving obedience through the agony of Gethsemane.

On this Maundy Thursday 2020 I planned to meet with members of the congregation and visitors around a dinner table at the Tabernacle, where we normally gather for worship. Last year we did this, and it looked like this:

Well, not this year. In its place here are some resources you may wish to use to mark the day.

Readings

The readings for Maundy Thursday may be found here.

Prayers

Home Liturgies
The Diocese in Europe has sent us this resource, which can be downloaded and used as an agape liturgy over bread and wine. It is not communion, but it is an echo of it. Agape Order of Service Alternatively, one might use this order for a Spiritual Communion. spiritual-communion-2.

The Collect
Let us pray that we may love one another as Christ has loved us.
Silence is kept.

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.

(or)

God our Father,
your Son Jesus Christ was obedient to the end
and drank the cup prepared for him:
may we who share his table
watch with him through the night of suffering
and be faithful. Amen.

Prayers of Intercession
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.

Reflections

Father Leonard Doolan of St Paul’s, Athens has recorded a meditation for Maundy Thursday:

In modern times Maundy Thursday has been a day during which clergy would gather with their bishop and renew their ordination vows; we in the Diocese in Europe will be doing this this year via Zoom with Bishop Robert Innes. Last year on Maundy Thursday I reflected on being a priest in this blog on George Herbert’s poem The Priesthood.

Hymns

 

About Bruce Bryant-Scott

Canadian. Husband. Father. Christian. Recovering Settler. A priest of the Church of England, Diocese in Europe, on the island of Crete in Greece. More about me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-bryant-scott-4205501a/
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