--------- Holy Week 2017 --------- Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday

"Maundy Thursday marks three key events in Jesus' last week: his washing of his disciples' feet, his institution of the Lord's Supper, and his new commandment to love one another. This service begins the Triduum, the three-day period from sunset on Thursday to sunset on Easter Day. The name "Maundy Thursday" comes from the Latin mandatum novum, referring to the "new commandment" Jesus taught his disciples (John 13:34). In other words, this is "new commandment Thursday." -from The Worship Sourcebook, 2nd. Edition.

On this day, Jesus commemorated the Passover meal with his disciples, an observance of God rescuing his people from slavery in Egypt. In celebrating this observance, Jesus was pointing to the new covenant he would make with God's people, rescuing them from spiritual slavery to sin and death. Before the meal, he washed the feet of his disciples and instituted the Lord's Supper (Communion, Eucharist, Mass). In so doing, our servant King provided a means of grace and an example for us to follow. Christian participation in these practices reflects upon the new command of Jesus to, “Love each other as I have loved you.” 

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
Scripture Readings
"I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live...What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people..."
Exodus 12:1-14
The Passover

1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Proclaim the Lord's death until he comes

John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Christ our servant: footwashing and meal
----- Common Prayer for Maundy Thursday ---- (Click to View)
Collect for Maundy Thursday
"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 Book of Common Prayer
"The Final Days of Jesus: Thursday"
A short video highlighting the events of Maundy Thursday and the significance of the Last Supper in the context of the Jewish Passover feast.
"Christus Factus Est" by Anton Bruckner
This piece is considered to be one of the most beautiful choral motets ever written for liturgical use during Holy Week. The text comes from Philippians 2:8-9:

"Christ became obedient for us unto death,
even to the death, death on the cross.
Therefore God exalted Him and gave Him a name
which is above all names."
"The Agonie"
by George Herbert, from The Temple (1633)

Philosophers have 
measur’d mountains,
Fathom’d the depths of seas, of states, and kings,
Walk’d with a 
staffe to heaven, and traced fountains:
But there are two vast, spacious things,
The which to measure it doth more 
Yet few there are that sound them; Sinne and Love.

Who would know Sinne, let him repair
Unto mount Olivet; there shall he see
A man so wrung with pains, that all his hair,
skinne, his garments bloudie be.
Sinne is that 
presse and vice, which forceth pain
To hunt his 
cruell food through ev’ry vein.

Who knows not Love, let him assay
And taste that juice, which on the 
crosse a pike
Did set again abroach; then let him say
If ever he did taste 
the like.
Love is that liquor sweet and most divine,
Which my God feels as 
bloud; but I, as wine.
"He laid aside His garments, when, being in the form of God, He emptied Himself; He girded Himself with a towel, took upon Him the form of a servant; He poured water into a basin, out of which He washed His disciples’ feet. He shed His blood on the earth, with which He washed away the filth of their Sins; He wiped them with the towel wherewith He was girded; with the flesh wherewith He was clothed, He established the steps of the Evangelists; He laid aside His garments, to gird Himself with the towel; that He might take upon Him the form of a servant, He emptied Himself, not laying aside indeed what He had, but assuming what He had not. Before He was crucified, He was stripped of His garments, and when dead was wound up in linen clothes: the whole bowl of His passion is our cleansing."

-Augustine, as quoted by Thomas Aquinas in Catena Aurea on the Gospel for the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper  

"Seven Last Words" audio retreat from Pray As You Go

"Artist's Visualize Christ's Passion" art commentary by Victoria Emily Jones
Part 1 | Part 2 )

The Lent Project from Biola University
(Art, Music, and Devotionals)
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