A New Commandment I give–That you love one another as I have loved you

Maunday Thursday St. Paul’s-on-the-Hill, Ossining, New York. April 17, 2014

Maundy Thursday at St. Paul’s was an informal affair, built around a parish potluck.

First were the lessons [Exodus 12:1-14a –the Passover; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26—the Institution of the Eucharist; John 13:1-15—the footwashing at the last supper].footwashing_02 Then the invitation and instructions, which include an explanation that we are all servants of one another, so even though the priest might want to claim all the “juniority” for himself to prove that he’s really the Jesus character in all this, it is really appropriate for the congregation to wash one another’s feet.  Which they then proceeded to do.

A wonderful and various meal ensued.  There were edifying plays, in which a delivery person tries to find someone to take a cross off his hands.  At the end was the celebration of the Eucharist, in which the story and explanation of the last supper was told, as outlined below.

Eucharistic Prayer

C:The Lord be with you.

P:And also with you.

C:Lift up your hearts.

P:We lift them to the Lord.

C:Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

P:It is right to give him thanks and praise.

We thank you, O Father, for the creation of the world and for the redemption of your people Israel. And for giving your only Son, bringing all of us your redemption.

The story—

  • Jesus and his disciples came to the Holy City at the time of the Passover.
  • The story of the Passover:

o   Enslavement in Egypt

o   Moses confronting Pharoah

o   The first born and the Passover lamb

o   The red sea and wandering in the desert

o   Entry into the promised land

o   Participation in the meal as participation in the Exodus

  • Jesus and his friends at Passover

o   Seder or before the seder? Probably a special meal anticipating what was to happen.

o   The threat, the expectation

o   The bread, the wine, the footwashing

o   Participating in the Eucharist as participation in Jesus

Eucharisteo, We thank you, father for this life, the life of your people sanctified in Jesus, your Son.

And so, Father, we bring you these gifts. Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ our Lord.

On the night he was betrayed he took bread, said the blessing, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, and said,”Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”


After supper,  he took the cup of wine, gave thanks, 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. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”


Father, we now celebrate the memorial of your Son. By

means of this holy bread and cup, we show forth the sacrifice of  is death, and proclaim  his resurrection, until he comes agam.


Gather us by this Holy Communion into one body in your

Son Jesus Christ. Make  us a living sacrifice of praise.


By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.

As your son Christ taught us we are bold to pray:

Our father–


The congregation then moved to the Church for the stripping of the altar. The reserved sacrament was then conveyed to Trinity Church for the all-night vigil at the altar of repose.


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