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Maundy Thursday

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Maundy Thursday


A Remembrance of the night Jesus was betrayed 

The Greeting

          May the Grace, mercy and peace of God our Father<o :p></o>

and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

Prayers of Penitence

         Our Lord Jesus Christ says:

         ‘If you love me, keep my commandments.’

         ‘Unless I wash you, you have no part in me.’

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

         Have mercy on us, O God,

         in your great goodness;

         according to the abundance of your compassion

         blot out my offences.

         Lord, Have mercy

All     Lord, have mercy.

         Against you only have we sinned

         and done what is evil in your sight.

         Christ have mercy.

All     Christ, have mercy.

         Purge us from our sins and we shall be clean;

         wash us and we shall be whiter than snow.

         Lord, have mercy.

All     Lord, have mercy.

         May the Father forgive us 

         by the death of his Son
and strengthen us to live

         in the power of the Spirit all our days. 

All     Amen.

Prayer for The Day

         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.

All     Amen.                                                                                                        1st Reading                                                      Exodus 12.1-4 & 11-14

A reading from the book of Exodus.

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. 

          This is the word of the Lord.                              

All     Thanks be to God.

2nd Reading                                                     1 Corinthians 11.23-26

A reading from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

Beloved: 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. 

          This is the word of the Lord.                              

All     Thanks be to God.

The Gospel                                                                                               John 13.1-17,31b-35

          Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

All     Glory to you, O Lord.

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 Christ All     Praise to you, O Christ                                                                          

The Sermon 

It may seem odd whilst streaming a service live to Facebook to include all three readings, brevity being a virtue on such occasions! However, they really are all important and integral to tonight’s celebration. The reading from Exodus reminds us that the most important festival of the year for Jesus, his disciples and the Jewish people was the Passover, that night when they remembered how God brought them out of slavery in Egypt to a new life in the Promised Land. And it was in preparation for that great celebration that Jesus met with his disciples for that meal we now call ‘the Last Supper’. The Passover and its story of God’s redemption is forever the backdrop to our own greatest feast, Easter. The gospel reading is from John who does not record the institution of the Eucharist, the giving of bread and wine with the command, ‘do this in remembrance of me’, but rather speaks of Christ as servant, the servant King, kneeling to wash his disciples’ feet, ‘unless I wash you, you have no part in me’. This act of service is followed by the giving of the new Commandment, ‘Mandatum Novum’ in Latin, which is from where we get the name ‘Maundy’, ‘Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. So, finally, we keep Paul’s letter to the Corinthians reminding us why this night is so important to us, the very fount of all our worship of God, ‘For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.’ This we do tonight, on our own, separated from you by coronavirus, but in hope that we will do so together once again, in the not too distant future. Let us pray.

The Intercession                                                                          

         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 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 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 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 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 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 and welcome all your children into paradise.

The Peace                                                                                      Jesus says: 

         ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.

         Do not let your hearts be troubled, 

         neither let them be afraid.’

         The peace of the Lord be always with you

All     and also with you.

The Eucharistic Prayer

         The Lord be with you

All     and also with you.

         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, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

         Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna, hosanna, hosanna in the highest.

         Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;
grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,
and according to your holy will,
these gifts of bread and wine
may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

    who, on this night, the night that he was betrayed,
took bread and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper
    he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

         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.

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

         And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,
his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;
rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,
and looking for his coming in glory,
we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.
As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,
we bring before you this bread and this cup
and we thank you for counting us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

         Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom 

         all who share this one bread and one cup,
so that we, in the company of St. James, St. Peter and all the saints,
may praise and glorify you for ever,
through Jesus Christ our Lord;

         by whom, and with whom, and in whom,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all honour and glory be yours, 

         almighty Father, for ever and ever.

All     Amen.                                                                                    

          Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:

All     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, 

the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever.  


Post-Communion Prayer                                            Kneel or sit.

         Lord Jesus Christ,
we thank you that in this wonderful sacrament
you have given us the memorial of your passion:
grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries

of your body and blood
that we may know within ourselves
and show forth in our lives the fruit of your redemption,
for you are alive and reign, now and for ever.

All     Amen.

Usually now we take the Sacrament to the Altar of Repose in the Lady Chapel where we keep a watch of prayer until midnight. We cannot do that this year so end with the prayer above as we remember Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and his coming betrayal by Judas.

Gethsemane can I forget?
  Or there Thy conflict see,
Thine agony and bloody sweat,
  And not remember Thee?


at St James' Church


There is an Act of Spiritual Communion below, or see the Weekly Newsletter.

Every Sunday
  • 08:00 - The Eucharist
  • 10:30 - Parish Eucharist
    (First Sunday of the Month is a Family Service) 

  • 10:00 Thursday - Eucharist at St. James'
    (followed by tea/coffee and biscuits)

at St Peter's Church
Every Sunday
  • 09:15 - The Eucharist 

Tuesday in Holy Week

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Holy Tuesday

Called to forgive – debts and debtors, perfume and tears

Welcome and introduction

The Lord almighty grant us a

quiet night and a perfect end:


            Our help is in the name of the Lord

            who made heaven and earth.

Opening prayer

God of saints and sinners

In a world where many are looked down on

Many are afraid of rejection,

Help us to see with your non- judgemental eyes.

Quieten our hearts and minds;

As we still our bodies,

Slow our breathing,

And open ourselves to you.





O God, you are my God, I seek you

My soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you

As in a dry and weary land where there is no water

So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary

Beholding your power and glory

Because your steadfast love is better than life

My lips will praise you.

So I will bless you as long as I live;

I will lift up my hands and call on your name.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and shall be for ever. Amen


Reading- Matthew 26: 6-13

The Anointing at Bethany

Now while Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very costly ointment, and she poured it on his head as he sat at the table. But when the disciples saw it, they were angry and said, ‘Why this waste?  For this ointment could have been sold for a large sum, and the money given to the poor.’  But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, ‘Why do you trouble the woman? She has performed a good service for me.  For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.  By pouring this ointment on my body she has prepared me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this good news is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in remembrance of her.’




At this point in the Gospel story Jesus knows that he is near to the end, the completion of what he has come to do. The reaction of the disciples indicates just how little they understand about what is to come. For them this is the beginning of a revolution, a rebellion against the ruling Romans and the overbearing Temple authorities. The money they could have got for this perfume would have helped to fill the revolutionary coffers and helped them in their desire to overthrow their oppressors. In Judas Iscariot, we know, this anger bubbles over into betrayal. Jesus interprets the woman’s actions not as a waste of precious resources but as a preparation for his own burial, he knows that his destiny cannot be changed, and that destiny is not to be a great leader in worldly terms. And yet, this unknown Nazarene, within a few years of his death and resurrection, changed the course of world history. We do not need to be like the world, but like God.

Reading- Matthew 26: 14-16

Judas agrees to betray Jesus

Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, ‘What will you give me if I betray him to you?’ They paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.



We pause now, in silence to think about these questions;


Where are you in the story?

Are you more like Simon or the woman with the alabaster jar?

What needs forgiving in your life?

Are there tears that need to be shed?

What will change, if we can be set free?

Spiritual anointing


The Holy Oils are usually blessed at the Cathedral in Holy Week for our use throughout the year, this year we are unable to gather to do this on Maundy Thursday morning. The oils are used at baptism, confirmation and for the ministry to the sick. Let us take a moment to think about where in our lives we need healing and imagine the oil of anointing being placed on us.

Then, we say together

Forgiving God,

You long to heal us with your touch.

Open our hearts to your gift of unconditional love.

Anoint us with the tears of your Spirit.

Wipe away the hurts and harms of our memory

That your love may overflow in us, and through us



Prayers – a house of welcome for all

We spend a short time in prayer for the world, its leaders and for all in need of Christ’s love. 

With faith and love and in union with Christ, let us offer our prayer before the throne of grace.

Have mercy on your people,
for whom your Son laid down his life: Lord, hear our prayer.

Bring healing and wholeness to people and nations, and have pity on those torn apart by division: Lord, hear our prayer.

Strengthen all who are persecuted for your name's sake,
and deliver them from evil: Lord, hear our prayer.

Look in mercy upon all who suffer,
and hear those who cry out in pain and desolation: Lord, hear our prayer.

Bring comfort to the dying,
and gladden their hearts with the vision of your glory: Lord, hear our prayer.

Give rest to the departed
and bring them, with your saints, to glory everlasting: Lord, hear our prayer.

Let us commend the world, for which Christ died, to the mercy and protection of God.

The Collect

          Almighty and everlasting God,

who in your tender love towards the human race 

sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh
and to suffer death upon the cross:
grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, 

and also be made partakers of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

All     Amen.

The peace


Peace in our hearts,

Peace in our homes,

Peace in our nation,

Peace in our world.

God longs for us to know peace!

The peace of the Lord be always with you

And also with you


Closing prayer

In peace we will lie down and sleep;
All        for you alone, Lord, make us dwell in safety.

            Abide with us, Lord Jesus,
All        for the night is at hand and the day is now past.

            As the night watch looks for the morning,
All        so do we look for you, O Christ.

May God bless us,
that in us may be found love and humility, 

obedience and thanksgiving,
discipline, gentleness and peace.

All       Amen.

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An Act of Spiritual Communion


We believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic Church (Nicene Creed) 

The word Catholic means universal. We believe that we are not just part of the church community where we live, but we are united with the Church Universal throughout time and eternity and Christ is ever-present with us. This is essential to remember, most especially when we find ourselves separated from the physical presence of our sisters and brothers in Christ. 

An Act of Spiritual Communion is intended for those who cannot receive the Holy Sacrament due to unusual circumstances.

Whilst it is not intended to be used as common practice, neither is it make-believe: just as God is able to make him or herself present in the bread and wine, so he is able to make himself present in our hearts. 

Pray, therefore, that you may be knit together with Christ and his Church. 

Preparing for Worship 

If this act of worship is being used during a medical crisis, it is essential that all NHS and government advice is followed, especially guidance on the numbers of people meeting and the limitations placed on physical contact, such as the sharing of the Peace. 

If circumstances allow, it may be helpful to use the Act of Spiritual Communion at the same time as your church community normally gathers to offer the Holy Eucharist. You may like to set the scene by lighting a candle and placing it on a small table along with a cross or an icon. 

If there is more than one person, consider dividing up the different parts of the service: leader, reader, intercessor etc. 

The use of reflective music is appropriate, as is the singing of hymns.

The Greeting 

+ In the name of the Father, 

and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. 


The Lord is here. 

His Spirit is with us. 

Prayer of Preparation 

Almighty God, 

to whom all hearts are open, 

all desires known, 

and from whom no secrets are hidden: 

cleanse the thoughts of our hearts 

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, 

that we may perfectly love you, 

and worthily magnify your holy name; 

through Christ our Lord. 


Prayers of Penitence 

As we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ, 

let us call to mind and confess our sins. 

Most merciful God, 

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

we confess that we have sinned 

in thought, word and deed. 

We have not loved you with our whole heart. 

We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. 

In your mercy 

forgive what we have been, 

help us to amend what we are, 

and direct what we shall be; 

that we may do justly, love mercy,

and walk humbly with you, our God. 


Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord, 

to your faithful people pardon and peace, 

that they may be cleansed from all their sins 

and serve you with a quiet mind; 

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you, 

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 

one God, now and for ever. 


The Collect 

This and the readings can be found by following the link to ‘Newsletter’

The Liturgy of the Word 

You may read one or more of the readings for the week, if only one it should be-

The Gospel 
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to N

Glory to you, O Lord.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ. 

The Prayers of Intercession 

These and other prayers may be offered. 

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. 

For those who are ill 

Merciful God, we entrust to your unfailing and tender care, those who are ill or in pain, knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms are there to hold us safe. Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

For hospital staff and medical researchers 

Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

From one who is ill or isolated 

O God, help me to trust you, help me to know that you are with me, help me to believe that nothing can separate me from your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Prayers for when you cannot get to church 

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’. Be with me today, as I offer myself to you. Hear my prayers for others and for myself, and keep me in your care. Amen. 

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace 

Peace to this house from God our heavenly Father.

Peace to this house from his Son who is our peace. 

Peace to this house from the Holy Spirit, the life-giver.

The Act of Spiritual Communion 

Silence is kept. 

Almighty God, 

in union with the faithful at every altar of your Church, 

where your blessed body and blood are being offered to the Father, 

I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. 

I present to you my soul and body, 

with the earnest wish that I may ever be united to you. 

And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, 

I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. 

I unite myself to you,

and embrace you with all the affections of my soul. 

Let nothing ever separate me from you. 

Let me live and die in your love. 


The Dismissal 

The Blessing 

May God the holy and undivided Trinity 

preserve us in body, mind and spirit, 

and bring us safe to that heavenly country 

where peace and harmony reign; 

and may the blessing of God almighty, 

+ the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 

be among us and remain with us always.


Thursday mornings


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