28 March 2013

Maundy Thursday - 28 March 2013

Thursday 28 March 2013 at 7.30pm - Mass of the Lord’s Supper

At this service we remember Jesus’ actions the night before he died.

There are two main themes at this service: The Last Supper and the new commandment from Jesus. 

At the Last Supper, Jesus "took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Christians remember this moment every time we celebrate Holy Communion (also called 'The Lord's Supper').

Jesus also said to those with him: "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." The name 'Maundy Thursday' relates to the word 'Mandatum' which means 'commandment'. 

At this service, we follow Jesus' command to love one another by washing one another's feet. This is because on the night of the Last Supper, in an act of love and humility, Jesus washed the dust of the road from his disciples' feet before they gathered to eat.
 
There is no pressure to take part in this part of the service if you do not wish to do so. It is not our aim to make anyone feel uncomfortable. 
After Holy Communion is received, the Sacrament is taken to the Chapel where it is reserved for Holy Communion on Good Friday.

The service finishes in silence, and a prayer vigil is maintained throughout the night.


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