Thursday, April 9, 2020

Liturgy for Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020


MUSIC for preparation and meditation

Ubi Caritas                                                      Maurice Durufle (1902-1986)

Where charity and love are, there God is.
The love of Christ has gathered us into one.
Let us exult, and in Him be joyful.
Let us fear and let us love the living God.
And from a sincere heart let us love each other.
Where charity and love are, there God is.
Therefore, whensoever we are gathered as one:
Lest we in mind be divided, let us beware.
Let cease malicious quarrels, let strife give way.
And in the midst of us be Christ our God.
Where charity and love are, there God is.
Together also with the blessed may we see,
Gloriously, Thy countenance, O Christ our God:
A joy which is immense, and also approved:
Through infinite ages of ages. Amen.

Ave Verum Corpus                                            W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)

Hail, true Body, born
of the Virgin Mary,
having truly suffered, sacrificed
on the cross for mankind,
from whose pierced side
water and blood flowed:
Be for us a foretaste [of the Heavenly banquet]
in the trial of death!

O sweet Jesus, O holy Jesus,
O Jesus, son of Mary,
have mercy on me. Amen.

Lamb of God, Pure and Sinless                                J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
(LBW 111)


Silence for reflection and self-examination.

Almighty God, merciful Father,
I, a troubled and penitent sinner,
confess to you all my sins and iniquities
with which I have offended you
             and for which I justly deserve your punishment.
But I am sorry for them, and repent of them,
                         and pray for your boundless mercy.
For the sake of the suffering and death
of your Son, Jesus Christ,
be gracious and merciful to me,
a poor sinful being;
forgive my sins,
give me your Holy Spirit
for the amendment of my sinful life,
and bring me to life everlasting. Amen

Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for us
and, for his sake, forgives us all our sins. Through his Holy Spirit he cleanses us and gives us power to proclaim the mighty deeds of God who called us out of darkness into the splendor of his light. As a called and ordained minister of the Church of Christ, and by his authority, I therefore declare to you the entire forgiveness of all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

 The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Holy God, source of all love, on the night of his betrayal, Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment: To love one another as he had loved them. By your Holy Spirit write this commandment in our hearts; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  


Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14

 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: 2This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. 3Tell 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. 4If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it.
11This 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. 12For 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 judgments: I am the LORD. 13The 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. 14This 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.

 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, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, "This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me." 25In 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." 26For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

The Holy Gospel according to St. John.

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. 2The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper 3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, 4got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. 5Then 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. 6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" 7Jesus answered, "You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand." 8Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no share with me." 9Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" 10Jesus 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." 11For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, "Not all of you are clean."
                        12After 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? 13You call me Teacher and Lord and you are right, for that is what I am. 14So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. 16Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. 17If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.
                        31b "Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33Little 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.' 34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."

Where Charity and Love Prevail            Lutheran Book of Worship 126

(The text of this hymn may not be copied.)HYMN OF THE DAY  Green LBW #126 
Where Charity and Love Prevail

Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

Father, in this Lenten season we have fasted from the cravings of the body and the slackness of the soul, and have come again to these great and terrible days of your Son’s Passion and Death. We give you thanks for the Word of forgiveness which has been proclaimed to us. Open our ears, illumine our minds, and inflame our hearts to receive you in this time of grace.

Silence for meditation.
Lord, hear us.                                                  Lord, graciously hear us.

As we, in love for others, fast from the meal in which your Son gives us his body and blood to make us one with him and with each other, give us your peace and comfort us with the knowledge that you are with us. Help us never again to take for granted that which cost you so dearly to give. Bring us again to that table at which you meet our deep hunger and thirst, and, until that day, sustain us with the precious words of your promises.

Silence for meditation.
Lord, hear us.                                                  Lord, graciously hear us.

In the sign of the foot-washing of the disciples, you gave us an example of service. Knowing the loving service of our Lord,
help us live serving each other and all. We call each other to mind, separated in body but not in spirit. Help us to know the things you would have us do, and by your mighty power help us to do them.

Silence for meditation.
Lord, hear us.                                                  Lord, graciously hear us.

In this time of pandemic, strengthen our public servants in whatever station to do your will. Give your knowledge and wisdom to those who seek vaccines and treatments. Be with all who by reason of their vocation in life now touch those who are untouchable and close the distance between themselves and others, at risk to themselves. Make us creative in our outreach to our neighbors, patient with those with whom we share our lives; courageous in isolation and deprivation, fearless in witness to your power to save.

Silence for meditation.
Lord, hear us.                                                  Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray for those in need of body, mind, or spirit; those whose livelihoods are taken away or threatened; those who are isolated from others; those who are anxious, fearful, and despairing, and for those we hold in our minds and our hearts. We name before you, either aloud or in silence, those for whom we are called to pray.

Those for whom we pray are named silently or aloud.
Lord, hear us.                                                  Lord, graciously hear us.

We pray in thanksgiving for all the saints who have gone before us, who in their own times and in their own languages have contemplated your Son’s Holy Passion. Help us to be aware of their trials, their sufferings, and their victory in their circumstances, that they held fast the faith which was given to them, and help us to imitate their example until we join them at the great feast of victory that has no end.

Silence for meditation.
Lord, hear us.                                                  Lord, graciously hear us.

Hear our prayers, Father, and grant them for the sake of him who suffered and died for us, Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

                Our Father, who art in heaven,
                        hallowed be thy name,
                        thy kingdom come,
                        thy will be done,
                                    on earth as it is in heaven.
            Give us this day our daily bread;
            and forgive us our trespasses,
                         as we forgive those who trespass against us;
            and lead us not into temptation,
                        but deliver us from evil.
            For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,
                        forever and ever. Amen

Psalm 22 is sung as a remembrance of the betrayal, arrest, trial, scourging, and stripping of the Lord Jesus.

1 My God, my God, why have you for- | saken me*
                and are so far from my cry,
and from the words of  | my distress?
2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you | do not answer;*
                by night as well, but I | find no rest.
3 Yet you are the | Holy One,*
                enthroned upon the prais- | es of Israel.
4 Our forefathers put their | trust in you;*
                they trusted, and you de- | livered them.
5 They cried out to you and | were delivered;*
                they trusted in you and were not | put to shame.
6 But as for me, I am a worm | and no man,*
                scorned by all and despised | by the people.
7 All who see me laugh | me to scorn;*
                they curl their lips and wag | their heads, saying,
8 "He trusted in the Lord; let him de- | liver him;*
                let him rescue him, if he de- | lights in him."
9 Yet you are he who took me out | of the womb,*
                and kept me safe upon my | mother's breast.
10 I have been entrusted to you ever since | I was born;*
                you were my God when I was still in my | mother's womb.
11 Be not far from me, for trou- | ble is near,*
                and there is | none to help.
12 Many young bulls en- | circle me;*
                strong bulls of Ba- | shan surround me.
13 They open wide their | jaws at me,*
                like a ravening and a | roaring lion.
14 I am poured out like water; all my bones are | out of joint;*
                my heart within my breast is | melting wax.
15 My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd;
my tongue sticks to the roof  | of my mouth;*
                and you have laid me in the dust | of the grave.
16 Packs of dogs close me in,
and gangs of evildoers cir- | cle around me;*
                they pierce my hands and my feet,
I can count | all my bones.
17 They stare and gloat | over me;*
                they divide my garments among them;
they cast lots | for my clothing.

18 Be not far a- | way, O Lord;*
                you are my strength; hast- | en to help me.
19 Save me | from the sword,*
                my life from the power | of the dog.
20 Save me from the | lion's mouth,*
                my wretched body from the horns | of wild bulls.
21 I will declare your name | to my brethren;*
                in the midst of the congregation | I will praise you.
22 Praise the Lord, | you that fear him;*
                stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel;
all you of Jacob's | line, give glory.
23 For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty;
neither does he hide his | face from them;*
                but when they cry to | him he hears them.
24 My praise is of him in the | great assembly;*
                I will perform my vows
in the presence of those who | worship him.
25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied,
and those who seek the | Lord shall praise him:*
                "May your heart | live forever!"
26 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn | to the Lord,*
                and all the families of the nations shall | bow before him.
27 For kingship belongs | to the Lord;*
                he rules o- | ver the nations.
28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth bow | down in worship;*
                all who go down to the dust | fall before him.
29 My soul shall live for him; my descend- | ants shall serve him;*
                they shall be known as the | Lord's forever.
30 They shall come and make known to a people | yet unborn*
                the saving deeds that | he has done.

Silence for meditation.

There is no benediction.

The Great Three Days continue with the Good Friday liturgy tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.