Maundy Thursday


This booklet is designed to help you follow the service and includes guidance notes.



The Gathering

We ‘gather’ to celebrate the Eucharist, to remember Jesus, and to wash one another’s feet. After the Eucharist, we reserve the sacramental bread and wine and decorate the area to remind us of the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus went to pray after the Last Supper. During the service the altar is stripped, and all decorations are removed or covered. We empty the sanctuary to prepare ourselves for the stark reality of Good Friday.

The Greeting

President    “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”                    

A time of silence


My dear friends, God is love and the source of all love; let us therefore love one another. Everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God, for God is love. This is how he showed his love among us: he sent his Son into the world that we might have life. That is what love really is: not that we loved God, but that he loved us. If God thus loved us we also must love one another. God has never been seen by anyone, but if we love one another, he himself dwells in us and his love is brought to perfection in us. God is love; those who dwell in love dwell in God, and God dwells in them.

Invitation to Confession

Deacon      Our Lord Jesus Christ says: “If you love me, keep my commandments.”  “Unless I wash you, you have no part in me.”      (John 15:15; 13:8)

           Let us confess to almighty God our sins against his love, and ask him to cleanse us.


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.

Lord, have mercy.           All   Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.         All  Christ, have mercy.

 Lord, have mercy.          All   Lord, have mercy.


President    May God our Father forgive you your sins, and bring you to the fellowship of his table with his saints for ever.

All               Amen.

Please reflect on the words of the chant

Ubi caritas et amor….       (Where charity and love are found, God himself is there).

Choir          If I have the gift of prophecy, understanding all the mysteries there are, knowing everything, if I have faith in all its fullness to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing at all.                           

All Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est.

Choir          If I give everything I have to feed the poor, and let them take my body to be burned,but have not love, I gain nothing at all.                                                                                                              

All Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est.

Choir          Love is patient, love is not jealous. Love does not rejoice in what is wrong, but love rejoices in the truth. Love is always ready to excuse, to hope, to trust, and to endure whatever comes.                        

All Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est.

Choir          Love never fails. Prophesies will cease, and tongues will be silent, knowledge will pass away; but there are only three things in the end that last: faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love. 

All Ubi caritas et amor, ubi caritas Deus ibi est.

President   God our Father, we are gathered here to celebrate and share the supper which your Son left to his Church.  As we keep the feast of your redeeming love, may we feed on you by faith, receive your grace and find the fullness of love and life.

All               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, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

The Liturgy of the Word                                                     

Old Testament Reading: Exodus 12, 1-14

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbour in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgements: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

For the word of the Lord,     All  Thanks be to God.

New Testament Reading: 1 Corinthians 11, 23-26

For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

For the word of the Lord     All  Thanks be to God.

Gospel Reading

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory, I give to you a new commandment, says the Lord: Love one another as I have loved you.        All   Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

The Lord be with you.       All   and also with you.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.         All  Glory to you, O Lord.

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. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.

Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, “Where I am going, you cannot come.” I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord.      All  Praise to you, O Christ.                                                        

The following chant would normally be sung at this point while the Washing of Feet takes place. Please reflect on the words.

Mandatum Novum    (A new commandment I give unto you, says the Lord)

All Sing       Mandatum novum do vobis, dicit Dominus, dicit Dominus.

Choir          Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to pass from this world to the Father. He had always loved those in the world who were his and would show his love for them right to the end. It was before the feast of the Passover, when they were seated at supper, Jesus rose from the table, and poured water into a basin, and began to wash his disciples’ feet.

All Sing       Mandatum novum do vobis, dicit Dominus, dicit Dominus.

Choir          Then Jesus said: “Do you understand what I have done to you? What I just did was to give you an example. As I have done, so also you must do. A new commandment I give to you: love one another.”

All Sing       Mandatum novum do vobis, dicit Dominus,  dicit Dominus.

Choir          “Just as my love has been for you, so must your love be for each other. This is how all will know that you are my disciples: by the love that you have for one another.”

All Sing       Mandatum novum do vobis, dicit Dominus, dicit Dominus.


Blessed is our brother Jesus, who, on this night before Passover, rose from supper, laid aside his garments, took a towel and poured water, and washed his disciples’ feet, saying to them: “If I your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.  If I do not wash you, you have no part in me.”

All               Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Come now, tender Spirit of our God, wash us and make us one body in Christ; that, as we are bound together in this gesture of love, we may no longer be in bondage to the principalities and powers that enslave creation, but may know your liberating peace such as the world cannot give. Amen

Prayers of Intercession           

In the power of the Spirit let us pray to the Father through Christ the saviour of the world.

Father, on this, 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      All  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       All  and unite us.

On this night, he prayed for those who were to believe through his disciples’ message. We pray for the mission of your Church.                                            

Lord hear us.      All  and renew our zeal.

On this night, he commanded his disciples to love, but suffered rejection himself. We pray for the rejected and unloved. 

Lord hear us       All  and fill us with your love.

On this night, he reminded his disciples that if the world hated them it hated him first. We pray for those who are persecuted for their faith.                                  

Lord hear us       All   and give us your peace.

On this night, he accepted the cup of death and looked forward to the new wine of the kingdom. We remember those who have died in the peace of Christ.                   

Lord hear us       All   and welcome all your children into paradise.

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace                                  

President    Jesus says: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.’

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

Preparation of the Table

President    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.

All               Until the kingdom of God comes let us celebrate the feast.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation: through your goodness we have this bread to set before you, which earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life.

All               Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation: through your goodness we have this wine to set before you,fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become for us the cup of salvation.

All               Blessed be God for ever.

The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.                                                  All   His Spirit is with us.

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

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

It is indeed right to give you thanks, Father most holy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. For on this night he girded himself with a towel and, taking the form of a servant, washed the feet of his disciples. He gave us a new commandment that we should love one another as he has loved us. Knowing that his hour had come, in his great love he gave this supper to his disciples to be a memorial of his passion, that we might proclaim his death until he comes again, and feast with him in his kingdom. Therefore earth unites with heaven to sing a new song of praise; we too join with angels and archangels as they proclaim your glory without end:

All               Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

We praise and bless you, loving Father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord; and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit, that broken bread and wine outpoured may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son. On the night before he died he had supper with his friends and, taking bread, he praised you. He broke the bread, gave it to them and said: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me. When supper was ended he took the cup of wine. Again he praised you, gave it to them and said: 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. So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did, in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross.  Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation, we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory.

Deacon      Great is the mystery of faith:   

All   Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again.

Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth. Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms and bring us with St. Michael and all the saints to feast at your table in heaven. Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father, for ever and ever. All    Amen.                                                       

The Lord’s Prayer

Rejoicing in God’s new creation, as our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

All               Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.  Amen.               

Breaking of the Bread

Every time we eat this bread and drink this cup,  All  we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Agnus Dei

All               Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.

                   Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.

                   Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

Draw near with faith. Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ which he gave for you, and his blood which he shed for you. Eat and drink in remembrance that he died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Prayer after Communion

All               We thank you, Lord, that you have fed us in this sacrament, united us with Christ  and given us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet prepared for all peoples. Amen.

Psalm 22 would normally be sung at this point while the Stripping of the Altar takes place. Please reflect on the words.

Antiphon   They part my garments among them: and cast lots upon my vesture.

i.                 My God, my God, look upon me; why hast thou forsaken me: and art so far from my health, and from the words of my complaint?

vii                All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out their  lips, and shake their heads, saying,

viii               He trusted in God, that he would deliver him; let him deliver him; if he will have him.

                   They part my garments among them: and cast lots upon my vesture.   

xi                O go not from me, for trouble is at hand: and there is none to help me.           

xiii               They gape upon me with their mouths: as it were a ramping    and roaring lion.

                   They part my garments among them: and cast lots upon my vesture.

xiv              I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart also in the midst of my body is even like melting wax. 

xv               My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaveth to my gums: and thou shalt bring me into the dust of death.

xvi              For many dogs are come about me; and the council of the wicked layeth siege against me.  

                   They part my garments among them: and cast lots upon my vesture.

xvii              They pierced my hands and my feet; I may tell all my bones; they stand staring and looking upon me.

                   They part my garments among them: and cast lots upon my vesture.

xix              But be thou not far from me, O Lord: thou art my succour, haste thee to help me

xxvii            All the ends of the world shall remember themselves,

                   and be turned unto the Lord: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before him.

xxxii            They shall come, and the heavens shall declare his righteousness: unto a people that shall be born, whom the Lord hath made.

                   They part my garments among them: and cast lots upon my vesture.

President    Christ became obedient to death, even death on a cross.

At this point, the servers with the clergy carrying the sacrament,followed by the congregation would normally move to the altar of repose.


A Reading from the Gospel           

When the disciples had sung a hymn they went out to the Mount of Olives. Jesus prayed to the Father, 'If it is possible, take this cup of suffering from me.' He said to his disciples, 'How is it that you were not able to keep watch with me for one hour? The hour has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to the power of sinners.'

Christ was obedient unto death. Go in his peace.


Please reflect on the words of the chants.

All Sing       Stay with me, remain with me, watch and pray, watch and pray.

i                  Stay here and keep watch with me. Watch and pray, watch and pray.

ii                  Watch and pray, not to give way to temptation.

iii                 The spirit is eager, but the flesh is weak.

iv                My heart is nearly broken with sorrow. Remain here with me, stay awake and pray.

v                 Father, if it is possible let this cup pass me by.

vi                Father, if this cannot pass me by without my drinking it, your will be done.

All Sing      Stay here and keep watch with me. The hour has come.  Stay here and keep watch with me. Watch and pray.  

i                  My heart is nearly broken with sorrow. Remain here, remain here with me and stay awake with me.

ii                  Father, if it is possible let this cup pass me by.

iii                 Father, if this cannot pass me by without drinking it, your will be done.

A short silence

Deacon      The divine assistance is with us always; and God the Life-giver, Jesus the Pain-bearer and the Love-maker Spirit – remain with us.              All   Amen.