A HOME LITURGY FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY

You will need:

Access to the gospel reading for the Maundy Thursday Mass: John 13: 1-15

A basin of warm water

Towels

Two candles if possible

If possible a recording of Brother Sister Let Me Serve You on spotify or amazon or other resource. You may also wish to find the Tazie chant Ubi Caritas

If with others, one person leads and others help with the readings and prayers.

If by yourself you can still follow the liturgy and know that others in the parish are doing the same.

Then again why not arrange with friends to share the liturgy through Zoom?

The First Candle

Light the first candle

Perfect Act of Contrition

Leader:

We take a moment to pause and reflect on our sins so we take a moment in silence to share our sorrow with the Lord.

And with sincerity of heart and genuine contrition, realising and celebrating the immense love of God for each one of us we say together:

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and in failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus suffered and died for us. In his name, my God have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Leader:

O God as we recall the sacred Supper in which your Only Begotten Son, when about to hand himself over to death, entrusted to the Church a sacrifice new for all eternity, the banquet of his love, grant, we pray, that we may draw from so great a mystery the fullness of charity and of life.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reign with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever, Amen.

Gospel reading from St John 13:1-15

Read by another person present.

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" Jesus answered, "You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand." Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no share with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you." For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, "Not all of you are clean."

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord--and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

 

Hymn

As the hymn is played think about what you have listened to and the instruction from Jesus to us all at the end. Listen to the lyrics of the hymn and ask for the humility to take part in the next stage of the liturgy. If it is not possible to have the music, you can still think quietly about the gospel reading.

Brother Sister Let Me Serve You

The Washing Of Feet

Take the opportunity to begin to wash each other’s feet. The person beginning washes the feet on the one to their right, the next person does the same. The process goes round the room until the person who began the washing then has his/her feet washed. If you are alone, wash your own feet but pray for someone else as you are washing. If sharing on Zoom do it for each other.

Prayer

Help us Lord to be faithful disciples walking humbly in your steps, listening to your Word, offering you thanksgiving and praise and giving you glory through ministering to our neighbour in your name. Amen.

Intercessions

Leader:          We turn with confidence to the Father who sent his Son into the world to show us the kind of loving service and self-giving to which we should aspire.

Reader 1:      For Bishop Ralph and our priests who preside over the Eucharist that they may become more like him in whose person they preside.

Reader should pause and then say

Lord in your mercy

Reader 2:      For the NHS staff and those who are caring for others. For all who are on essential services, for our Prime Minister, government and civil service and for us all as we uphold the guidelines on social distancing and isolation.

Reader should pause and then say

Lord in your mercy

Reader 3:      For those who are waiting to be baptised or to be received into the Church and for those waiting for their First Holy Communion and Confirmation around the diocese and for those who are about to be confirmed.

Reader should pause and then say

                        Lord, in your mercy.

Reader 4:      For those who have no table to gather around, no food to nourish them, no community to which they feel belong. For those who volunteer to run Food Banks and those who support them with products and resources. For our parish communities; that we remain open and welcoming to others.

Reader should pause and then say

Lord in your mercy

Reader 5:      For the gift of the planet and for a greater awareness in looking after the environment for the good of all.                                  

Reader should pause and then say

                        Lord, in your mercy.

Any personal intensions can be made.

We ask Our Lady of Sorrows to join us in prayer as we say “Hail Mary, full of grace”.

Leader:          Heavenly Father, throughout his ministry and especially on this night your Son showed us how we should act in relation to you and to one another. May we increasingly follow in his footsteps and become more like him in our conduct. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

The Second Candle

Then light the second candle. Normally at the end of Communion, the Blessed Sacrament is taken out of the church building to a place for adoration and watching, as if with Jesus in the garden but unfortunately this will not happen this year. However, hold a quiet time of prayer, making a Spiritual Communion and pray for Bishop Ralph and the priests of the diocese.

After the moments of silence say Our Father……

End by singing the Tazie chant Ubi caritas et Amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est. (where there is love and good works there too is God)




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