Order of Service for Maundy Thursday 2020

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.

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Music (Hymns in AMNS)
Introit – Were you there?
259                  My God and is thy table spread
473                I come with joy to meet my Lord
                   Ubi Caritas (Taizé)
265     O thou who at the Eucharist didst pray
68                          O sacred head, surrounded
237             Take up thy cross, the Saviour said
                   Jesus Remember me (Taizé).

Introit – Were you there?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble.
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?

The Gathering

Hymn – 259       My God and is thy table spread

My God, and is thy table spread,
and doth thy cup with love o’erflow?
Thither be all thy children led,
and let them all thy sweetness know.

Hail, sacred feast which Jesus makes,
rich banquet of his flesh and blood!
Thrice happy he who here partakes
that sacred stream, that heavenly food.

Why are its bounties all in vain
before unwilling hearts displayed?
Was not for them the Victim slain?
Are they forbid the children’s bread?

O let thy table honoured be,
and furnished well with joyful guests;
and may each soul salvation see,
that here its sacred pledges tastes.

Philip Doddridge (1755)

Welcome

The priest may say

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

The Greeting

The priest greets the people

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you

and also with you.

Words of welcome or introduction may be said.

Brothers and sisters,
on this most holy night we enter into the three days
of the celebration of our Lord’s paschal victory,
his death and resurrection.

Despite the unprecedented absence of baptisms and confirmations
this year, except in extremis,
those of our community who will renew
their baptismal vows this Eastertide
will reaffirm their unity with Christ,
once more dying to sin and rising to newness of life in him.

Prayers of Penitence

Invitation to confession

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.

 cf John 14.15; 13.8

Silence is kept.

Lord God,
we have sinned against you;
we have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent.

Have mercy on us according to your love.
Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.
Renew a right spirit within us
and restore to us the joy of your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Silence is kept.

Holy God,
holy and strong,
holy and immortal,
have mercy upon us.

The priest gives absolution using these words

Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
by the death of his Son
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness
to live in the power of the Spirit
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

The Collect

The priest introduces a period of silent prayer with the words ‘Let us pray’ or a more specific bidding.

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.

The Liturgy of the Word

First Reading

A reading from the Book of Exodus

1The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. 4If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbour in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. 5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. 7They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. 10You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the LORD. 12For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgements: I am the LORD. 13The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

14This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

Exodus 12.1-14

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm

Psalm 116.1,10-17

The Response to the Psalm is: Gracious is the Lord and righteous.

RGracious is the Lord and righteous.

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. R

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. R

RGracious is the Lord and righteous.

Second Reading

A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians

Beloved: 23I 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, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ 25In 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.’ 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

1 Corinthians 11.23-26

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Gradual Hymn 473   I come with joy to meet my Lord

I come with joy to meet my Lord
forgiven, loved, and free,
in awe and wonder to recall,
his life laid down for me.

I come with Christians far and near
to find, as all are fed,
the new community of love
in Christ’s communion bread.

As Christ breaks bread for men to share,
each proud division ends.
The love that made us, makes us one,
and strangers now are friends.

And thus with joy we meet our Lord,
His presence, always near,
is in such friendship better known;
we see and praise him here.

Together met, together bound
we’ll go our different ways,
and as his people in the world,
we’ll live and speak his praise.

Brian A. Wren (1970)
ST BOTOLPH
Gordon Slater (1896-1979)

 

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Gospel Reading

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
I give you a new commandment, says the Lord:
Love one another as I have loved you.

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

When the Gospel is announced the reader says

The lord be with you
and also with you.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

1Now It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love. The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel round his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped round him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!” Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet,
you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them. “Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once. “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.
“A new command I give you: Love one another.
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this all men will know that you are my disciples,
if you love one another.”

John 13.1-17,31b-35

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

Homily

The Maundy Thursday gospel is a rich source of theological material.

We have the institution of Holy Communion the Servant King stooping to wash his disciples’ feet.
and we also have Jesus’ great Commandment love one another. John, and John only, tells the story of how Jesus washes the disciples’ feet. For John, the story is very simple.
‘I set an example’, says Jesus. ‘Now, you should do as I have done “. Words of one syllable.  What I have done and you must do.

The well-known East End priest, now retired and author, John Pridmore, tells a story about how he landed at an airport somewhere in Africa. He was there to visit some missionaries. He was tired after a long flight and irritated that there was no one at the airport to meet him. He tells how he resigned himself to having to make his own way into town. A scruffy and clearly impoverished porter seized his expensive and heavy suitcases and staggered off towards a row of clapped-out taxis.

John Pridmore hurried after him, still fuming that he had been met. When he got to the taxi rank this scruffy porter, still humping the hags, introduced himself. He was the diocesan bishop!

John tells of his relief that he had not got round to tipping him yet. Tonight’s great gift is not that of ‘Maundy money’ distributed by the Queen in years other than this one, but a new Mandatum.

No, not the 11th Commandment, but a single commandment, which, if we could begin to keep it, would do away with the other 10 for good.

‘Love one another’, says Jesus, ‘just as I have loved you’.

Jesus’s earthly story is of a journey downwards. He got down from heaven into a broken Earth – on a journey that took him from his father’s side into a humble stable in Bethlehem.

A journey which dragged him down beneath the lethal waters at his baptism, the journey that led him to Jerusalem, the journey that brings him tonight to a dirty floor, where the dogs scavenge the scraps and the slaves kneel to wash filthy feet.

Jesus gets down, as we must. But have heart, that descent is not the end! Very soon we shall be singing: ‘Jesus Christ is risen today! Alleluia!’ There is to come Easter day and Ascension Day and the New Testament promises that we are to be with him on those stages of his journey too.

‘We will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his’, says St Paul (Romans 6:5). But one day at a time! We’re not there yet. The cross, to which we are so close tonight, comes before the Crown. Amen

The Washing of Feet

Whilst not possible in 2020,
the chant ‘Ubi Caritas’ may be sung as we reflect on the washing of the disciples’ feet.

 

Ubi caritas et amor
Ubi caritas
Deus ibi est

Ubi caritas et amor
Communauté de Taizé
UBI CARITAS (Berthier)
Latin, 8th cent; Ubi caritas et amor
Copyright: © 1979, Les Presses de Taizé (France),
admin. GIA Publications, Inc.;
Copyright © 1998 Ateliers et Presses de Taizé (France)

 

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us
that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters
we do also for you:
give us the will to be the servant of others
as you were the servant of all,
and gave up your life and died for us,
but are alive and reign, now and for ever.

Amen.

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Prayers of Intercession

In the power of the Spirit let us pray to the Father
who alone makes us dwell in safety:
this we do 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 humble 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 humble us.

On this night, he commanded his disciples to love,
but suffered rejection himself.
We pray for the rejected and unloved.

Lord, hear us
and humble us.

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 humble us.

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 humble us.

We pray for all who are affected by coronavirus,
through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:

Lord, hear us
and humble us.

We place into your guiding hands
those who are leading our nation at this time,
and shaping national policies,
and that inspired by your spirit
they may make wise decisions:

Lord, hear us
and humble us.

Wise God and source of all goodness
sustain and inspire all doctors, nurses and medical researchers,
that, despite their exhaustion, through their care, skill and insights
many will be restored to health:

Lord, hear us
and humble us.

Loving Father,
bring to the vulnerable and the fearful,
the gravely ill, including our Prime Minister, and the dying,
your comfort and peace:

Lord, hear us
and humble us.

Now we commend ourselves,
and all for whom we pray,
to the mercy and protection of God.

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

Jesus says: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.’

cf John 14.27

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.

Offertory Hymn –  265  O thou who at the Eucharist didst pray

O thou, who at thy Eucharist didst pray
that all thy church might be for ever one,
grant us at every Eucharist to say
with longing heart and soul, ‘Thy will be done’:
O may we all one bread, one body be,
through this blest sacrament of unity.

For all thy church, O Lord, we intercede;
make thou our sad divisions soon to cease;
draw us the nearer each to each, we plead,
by drawing all to thee, O Prince of Peace:
thus may we all one bread, one body be,
through this blest sacrament of unity.

We pray thee too for wanderers from thy fold;
O bring them back, good Shepherd of the sheep,
back to the faith which saints believed of old,
back to the church which still that faith doth keep:
soon may we all one bread, one body be,
through this blest sacrament of unity.

So, Lord, at length when sacraments shall cease,
may we be one with all thy church above,
one with thy saints in one unbroken peace,
one with thy saints in one unbounded love:
more blessèd still, in peace and love to be
one with the Trinity in Unity.

William Henry Turton (1856-1938)
SONG 1 Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

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Preparation of the Table

Taking of the Bread and Wine

The table is prepared and bread and wine are placed upon it.

At the Eucharist we are with our crucified and risen Lord.
We know that it was not only our ancestors,
but we who were redeemed
and brought forth from bondage to freedom,
from mourning to feasting.

We know that as he was with them in the upper room
so our Lord is here with us now.

Until the kingdom of God comes
let us celebrate this feast.

Blessed are you, Lord, God of the universe,
you bring forth bread from the earth.

Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord, God of the universe,
you create the fruit of the vine.

Blessed be God for ever.

The priest takes the bread and wine.

The 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 thanks and praise.

It is indeed right to give you thanks,
Father most holy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
For on this night he girded himself with a towel
and, taking the form of a servant,
washed the feet of his disciples.
He gave us a new commandment
that we should love one another as he has loved us.

Knowing that his hour had come,
in his great love he gave this supper to his disciples
to be a memorial of his passion,
that we might proclaim his death until he comes again,
and feast with him in his kingdom.

Therefore earth unites with heaven
to sing a new song of praise;
we too join with angels and archangels
as they proclaim your glory without end:

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.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
he took the cup and gave you thanks;
he gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you;
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it,
in remembrance of me.

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:
Christ is risen:
Christ will come again.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people
and gather into one in your kingdom
all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
St Andrew, St Peter and St Paul and all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,
for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

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.

Breaking of the Bread

The priest breaks the consecrated bread.

Every time we eat this bread
and drink this cup,

we proclaim the Lord’s death
until he comes
.

Agnus Dei

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

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

Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

The priest says the invitation to communion

Draw near with faith.
Receive in the Spirit the body of our Lord Jesus Christ
which he gave for you,
and his blood which he shed for you.

Eat and drink in the Spirit
in remembrance that he died for you,
and feed on him in your hearts
by faith with thanksgiving.

The priest receives communion.

The body of Christ, broken for you.

The blood of Christ, shed for you.

Hymn 68  O sacred head, surrounded

O sacred head, surrounded
by crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding head, so wounded,
so shamed and put to scorn!
Death’s pallid hue comes o’er thee,
the glow oflife decays;
yet angel-hosts adore thee,
and tremble as they gaze.

Thy comeliness and vigour
is withered up and gone,
and in thy wasted figure
I see death drawing on.
O agony and dying!
O love to sinners free!
Jesu, all grace supplying,
turn thou thy face on me.

In this thy bitter passion,
good Shepherd, think of me
with thy most sweet compassion,
unworthy though I be:
beneath thy cross abiding
for ever would I rest,
in thy dear love confiding,
and with thy presence blest.

Attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux;
Translator: H. W. Baker
PASSION CHORALE (Hassler)

Although the Psalter Hymnal Handbook states that Sir H. W. Baker revised James Waddell Alexander’s “O Sacred Head Now Wounded” which was an English translation of Gerhardt’s “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden” which was a German translation of “Salve caput cruentatum”, it appears that “O Sacred Head Surrounded” is a translation from the Latin (See “A Historical Companion to Hymns Ancient and Modern,” edited by Moorsom, 1889 in which Baker translated other texts from Latin)- Dianne Shapiro

Any consecrated bread and wine which is not required for purposes of communion is consumed at the end of the distribution or after the service.

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Prayer after Communion

Silence is kept.

Lord Jesus Christ,
we thank you that in this wonderful sacrament
you have given us the memorial of your passion:
grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries
of your body and blood
that we may know within ourselves
and show forth in our lives
the fruit of your redemption,
for you are alive and reign, now and for ever.

Amen.

After the prayer after communion the priest carries The Blessed Sacrament to the altar of repose.

The Conclusion

Hymn– 237        Take up thy cross, the Saviour said

Take up thy cross, the Saviour said,
if thou wouldst my disciple be;
deny thyself, the world forsake,
and humbly follow after me.

Take up thy cross: let not its weight
fill thy weak spirit with alarm;
his strength shall bear thy spirit up,
and brace thy heart, and nerve thine arm.

Take up thy cross, nor heed the shame,
nor let thy foolish pride rebel:
thy Lord for thee the cross endured,
to save thy soul from death and hell.

Take up thy cross then in his strength,
and calmly every danger brave;
’twill guide thee to a better home,
and lead to victory o’er the grave.

Take up thy cross, and follow Christ,
nor think till death to lay it down;
for only they who bear the cross
may hope to wear the glorious crown.

To thee, great Lord, the One in Three,
all praise for evermore ascend:
O grant us in our home to see
the heavenly life that knows no end.

Charles William Everest (1814-1877)
BRESLAU – Traditional German Melody
Harmony attributed to William Henry Monk (1823-1889)

The Dismissal Gospel

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 sinful men.
Come, let us go.’

Christ was obedient unto death.
Go in his peace.

Hymn:       Jesus Remember me (Taize).

Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.
Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom

Jacques Berthier (1978)

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2000
Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2002
Some material included in this service is copyright: © The Archbishops’ Council 2005
Words at Preparation of Table (Pas) © The Archbishops’ Council 2006
Introduction to the Peace (Maundy Thursday; Peace of the World) © The Archbishops’ Council
Blessed are you © The Central Board of Finance of the Church of England

Copyright: © 1979, Les Presses de Taizé (France), admin. GIA Publications, Inc.
Copyright © 1981 Ateliers et Presses de Taizé (France)
Copyright © 1998 Ateliers et Presses de Taizé (France)

Brian A. Wren (1970) Copyright: © 1971, 1995, Hope Publishing Co.

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