Maundy Thursday - April 1st


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.

All Sing      

An upper room did our Lord prepare for those he loved until the end: 

and his disciples still gather there, to celebrate their risen friend.


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

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.


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,  ubi caritas Deus ibi est. (Where charity and love are found, God himself is there).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

All Sing:      

A lasting gift Jesus gave his own – to share his bread, his loving cup.

Whatever burdens may bow us down, he by his cross shall lift us up.

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.                                                        

All Sing:   

And after supper he washed their feet, for service, too, is sacrament.

In him our joy shall be made complete – sent out to serve, as he was sent.


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)

Mandatum novum do vobis, dicit Dominus, dicit Dominus.

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.

Mandatum novum do vobis, dicit Dominus, dicit Dominus.

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.”

Mandatum novum do vobis, dicit Dominus,  dicit Dominus.

“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.”

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 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.               


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.

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

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

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. 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. 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.

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.

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

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

All Sing      

No end is there: we depart in peace. He loves beyond our uttermost:

in every room in our Father’s house he will be there, as Lord and host.



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.