Celebrating Maundy Thursday from Home

Mandatum novum do vobis: ut diligatis invicem:
sicut dilexi vos, ut et vos diligatis invicem.

I give to you a new commandment,
that you love one another as I have loved you.

John 13:34

Bowl of water and towel

Opening Prayer

Almighty Father,
whose dear Son,
on the night before he suffered,
instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood:
Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully
in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord,
who in these holy mysteries
gives us a pledge of eternal life;
and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Liturgy of the Word

Jesus washes his disciples feet, taking the role of a slave.

Simon Peter can’t be having with this:

Peter: “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus: “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” 
Peter: “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus: “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.”
Peter: “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”

Music for reflection

1 The glory of the cross we sing,
the cross of Jesus Christ our Lord,
who died and rose to set us free,
our way from death to life secured.

2 As once God’s people rested safe,
protected by a lamb’s own blood,
so we acclaim the sacrifice
of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.

3 As once the Chosen People passed
from pain to freedom through the sea,
so now baptismal water saves
the chosen, called to liberty.

4 At Passover, before he died,
Christ Jesus took the bread and wine:
‘This is my body, this my blood,
do this as my memorial sign.’

5 What once by Jesus was achieved
we celebrate with heart and soul,
recalling and effecting now
the saving work that makes us whole.

tune: Wareham  LM
words: John Ainslie

The Lord’s Prayer

Keep watch, dear Lord,
with those who wake,
or watch, or weep this night,
and give your angels charge
over those who sleep.

Tend the sick,
give rest to the weary,
sustain the dying,
calm the suffering, and pity the distressed;
all for your love’s sake,
O Christ our Redeemer.

In these strange times, we are called to trust

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