Wednesday, April 12, 2006


The Prayers for Maundy Thursday

The Collect for Maundy Thursday in The Book of Common Prayer is as follows:

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, did institute the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may thankfully receive the same in remembrance of him who in these holy mysteries giveth as a pledge of life eternal, the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, ever, one God, world without end. Amen.

The Lectionary readings for this day are Psalms 78.14-20, 23-25; Exodus 12.1-14a; I Corinthians 11.23-26 (or 27-32); John 13.1-15 (or Luke 22.14-30).

The reading from I Corinthians will be familiar:

For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body, which is for you: do this in remembrance of me." In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood: do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me." For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.


And the day's reading from Pslams is:

He led them with a cloud by day,
and all the night through with a glow of fire.

He split the hard rocks in the wilderness,
and gave them drink as from the great deep.

He brought streams out of the cliff,
and the waters gushed out like rivers.

But they went on sinning against him,
rebelling in the desert against the Most High.

They tested God in their hearts,
demanding food for their craving.

They railed against God and said,
"Can God set a table in the wilderness?

True, he struck the rock, the waters gushed out, and the gullies overflowed;
But is he able to give bread or to provide meat for his people?"

So he commanded the clouds above
and opened the doors of heaven.

He rained down manna upon them to eat,
and gave them grain from heaven.

So mortals ate the bread of angels;
he provided for them food enough.


The I Corinthians passage is quoted from the NIV, and the Psalm is from The Book of Common Prayer, which I believe uses the Revised Standard Version.

Best wishes,
Mason Smith


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