There is never any Evening Prayer on Maundy Thursday – it is replaced by the evening service. We are attaching a couple of extracts from our reflection this evening. Also, a hymn to go with the Washing of the Feet (The Lord Jesus, after eating with his friends) – and a refrain to go with ‘The Agony in the Garden’ (Stay with me).
But you would get more impact if you joined us for the whole reflection (about 25 minutes) on zoom – link below – at 5.30pm.
May it be a good Maundy Thursday for you.
MAUNDY THURSDAY: 5.30pm
Time: Apr 1, 2021 05:30 PM London
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We put ourselves into the scene and invite Jesus to wash our feet.
Jesus, you kneel before me. You remove my shoes and I am exposed.
My feet are grimy, full of calluses and cracks. I pull back but you reassure. You’re not offended.
I feel welcome in your hands; vulnerable, yet safe.
The cleansing begins. I see your reflection in the ripples; I see me, too. Your water brings truth and life. Who I am and who I can be.
As Jesus washes my feet, holding them in his hand, he sees in me the kingdom of heaven as small as a mustard seed, as yeast, a box of treasure hidden away beneath the dirt.
So full of love. This is the way.
Here is the God who stoops, who serves, who gives everything, who gives his life that we might live.
And Jesus says: “A new commandment I give to you: love one another. As I have loved you so you must love one another”
The Agony in the Garden
“Watch and pray,” he said to the disciples, as he walked a short distance from them. Even though his prayer was a private thing, he wanted them near him for companionship and protection.
The loneliness and vulnerability Jesus felt was overpowering. No one could possibly understand the weight of what was about to happen, the horror of the death he had to face. It was too much, just too much.
The sweat of his anguish fell like rain from his brow. “Father, take this burden from me. Don’t make me do this. I’m scared. Please, Father. But I know it’s necessary. I know how much you love them, how much I love them. If this is your will, I surrender to it. Be with me.”
Grant us the courage to stay close to all those who are in need.