Thursday, 9 April 2020

Service for Holy/Maunday Thursday 2020 from Christ Church Celbridge


Holy Thursday
A Service of Holy Communion
To mark the Institution of the Lord's Supper

OPENING HYMN 325 Be still for the presence of the Lord


Father eternal, giver of light and grace, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour, in what we have thought, in what we have said and done, through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love, and marred your image in us. We are sorry and ashamed, and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past; and lead us out from darkness to walk as children of light. Amen.


GLORIA   Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.


THE COLLECT:  God our Father,
you have invited us to share in the supper
which your Son gave to his Church to proclaim his death until he comes: May he nourish us by his presence, and unite us in his love;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

OLD TESTAMENT READING: Exodus 12: 1-4 [5-10]11-14

EPISTLE: 1st Corinthians 11: 23-26

GRADUAL HYMN: 420 I am the Bread of Life

THE GOSPEL: John 13: 1-17, 31b-35


Father, on this night, the night he was betrayed, your Son Jesus Christ washed his disciples' feet. We commit ourselves to follow his example of love and service.
                   Lord, hear us
                             and humble us.
                   On this night, he prayed for his disciples to be one.
                   We pray for the unity of your Church
                   Lord, hear us
                             and unite us.

          On this night, he prayed for those who were to believe through their
          message. We pray for the mission of your Church...
                   Lord, hear us
                   and renew our zeal.

                 On this night, he commanded them to love, but suffered rejection
                 We pray for the rejected and unloved...
                 Lord, hear us
                             and fill us with your love.

  On this night, he reminded them that if the world hated them it hated
  him first.
  We pray for those who are persecuted for their faith..
  Lord, hear us
                    and give us your peace.

Most merciful Lord, your love compels us to come in. Our hands were unclean, our hearts were unprepared; we were not fit even to eat the crumbs from under your table. But you, Lord, are the God of our salvation, and share your bread with sinners. So cleanse and feed us with the precious body and blood of your Son, that he may live in us and we in him; and that we, with the whole company of Christ, may sit and eat in your kingdom. Amen.


THE PEACE      Stand

The peace of the Lord be always with you
and also with you.

HYMN: 244 There is a green hill….

At the Eucharist we are with our crucified and risen Lord. We know that it was not only our ancestors, but we who were redeemed and brought forth from bondage to freedom, from mourning to feasting. We know that as he was with them in the upper room so our Lord is here with us now.
Until the kingdom of God comes let us celebrate this feast.

Blessed are you, Lord, God of the universe, you bring forth bread from the earth.
Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord, God of the universe, you create the fruit of the vine.
Blessed be God for ever.

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Father, we give you thanks and praise through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word through whom you have created all things; Who was sent by you, in your great goodness, to be our Saviour by the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh and, as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin, was seen on earth and went about among us; He opened wide his arms for us on the cross he put an end to death by dying for us and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life; So he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.

And now we give you thanks because when his hour had come, in his great love he gave this supper to his disciples, that we might proclaim his death, and feast with him in his kingdom. Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; grant that, by the power of your Holy Spirit, and according to your holy will, these your gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; Who in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, Take. eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

 In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying, Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
                Christ has died:
               Christ is risen:
               Christ will come again.
And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross, his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of all people, rejoicing at his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this memorial of our redemption; We thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you; we bring before you this bread and this cup; We pray you to accept this our duty and service, a spiritual sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving; Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup, so that we, in the company of all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever, through him from whom all good things come, Jesus Christ our Lord; By whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen.


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread


Almighty and heavenly Father, we thank you that in this wonderful sacrament you have given us the memorial of the passion of your Son Jesus Christ. Grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries of his body and blood, that we may know within ourselves and show forth in our lives the fruits of his redemption; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Stripping of the Altar  (Psalm 88 sung while altar is stripped)



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