Maundy Thursday liturgy, April 9th 2020

Maundy Thursday liturgy, April 9th 2020

Maundy Thursday Evening Service.

Please say together words in bold.


As I enter prayer now, I pause to be still,

I recentre my scattered senses upon God…


O God, come to our assistance.

O Lord, make haste to help us.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you. John 13:34

Introduction to the service

Prayers of Penitence

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.

Silence is kept.

Have mercy on us, O God,

in your great goodness;

according to the abundance of your compassion blot out our offences (pause)

Lord, have mercy.

All Lord, have mercy.

Against you only have we sinned

and done what is evil in your sight. (pause)

Christ, have mercy.

All Christ, have mercy.

Purge us from our sin and we shall be clean;

wash us and we shall be whiter than snow. (pause)

Lord, have mercy.

All Lord, have mercy.

The minister declares God’s forgiveness

The Lord enrich you with his grace

And nourish you with his blessing;

The Lord defend you in trouble

and keep you from all evil;

the Lord accept your prayers, and absolve you from your offences.,

for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

PRAISE (we say together)


1.From the squalor of a borrowed stable,

by the Spirit and a virgin’s faith,

to the anguish and the shame of scandal

came the Saviour of the human race!

But the skies were filled

with the praise of heav’n,

shepherds listen as the angels tell

of the gift of God come down to man

at the dawning of Immanuel!

2.King of heaven now the friend of sinners,

humble servant in the Father’s hands,

filled with power and the Holy Spirit,

filled with mercy for the broken man.

Yes, He walked my road and He felt my pain,

joys and sorrows that I know so well;

yet His righteous steps give me hope again;

I will follow my Immanuel!

3.Through the kisses of a friend’s betrayal,

He was lifted on a cruel cross,

He was punished for a world’s transgressions,

He was suffering to save the lost.

He fights for breath, He fights for me,

loosing sinners from the claims of hell;

and with a shout our souls are free;

death defeated by Immanuel!

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The Word of God

Psalm 43

Glory to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning is now,

and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Scripture Reading – Luke 22:1-30

This is the word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Homily – ‘Holy Week’

Prayers.  (said with the following responses):

 In the power of the Spirit, let us pray to the Father, through Christ the Saviour of the World.

Lord hear us    and humble us.

Lord hear us    and unite us.

Lord hear us    and renew our zeal

Lord hear us    and fill us with your love.

Lord hear us    and give us your peace.

Lord hear us    and welcome all your children into your kingdom.


Almighty and everlasting God,

who in your tender love

towards the human race

sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ

to take upon him our flesh

and to suffer death upon the cross:

grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility,

and also be made partakers of his resurrection;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,.


Lord Jesus Christ,

you humbled yourself

in taking the form of a servant,

and in obedience died on the cross

for our salvation:

give us the mind to follow you

and to proclaim you as Lord and King,

to the glory of God the Father.


The Lord’s Prayer (we pray together)

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.

The Conclusion.

The Watch

There is no dismissal.

We listen to Psalm 54 and then the Gospel of the Watch, Luke 22:31-63.

After that reading, you are invited to reflect, and leave in silence, when you are ready.

Christ was obedient unto death.

Go in his peace.

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