Maundy Thursday

Welcome to Church of the Incarnation. Everything you need to participate will be provided on the screen. Our service is from the Book of Common Prayer.

Please mute yourself when you are not speaking, though we do encourage you to pray out loud along with the prayers and responses. Please mute your video if you have much visual distraction in your background.

Silence.

Celebrant      Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.
People           His mercy endures forever.
Celebrant      Let us pray.

The Celebrant and People
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: 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. Amen.

Celebrant
Holy God,
Holy and Mighty
Holy Immortal One,
People           Have mercy upon us.

Celebrant      The Lord be with you.
People            And also with you.
Celebrant      Let us pray.

The Celebrant then says the Collect
Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The First Lesson | 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

A Reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

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.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Psalm

Psalm 116:1, 10-17
Dilexi, quoniam

1 I love the Lord, because he has heard
the voice of my supplication, *
because he has inclined his ear to me
whenever I called upon him.

10 How shall I repay the Lord *
for all the good things he has done for me?

11 I will lift up the cup of salvation *
and call upon the Name of the Lord.

12 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *
in the presence of all his people.

13 Precious in the sight of the Lord *
is the death of his servants.

14 O Lord, I am your servant; *
I am your servant and the child of your handmaid;
you have freed me from my bonds.

15 I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving *
and call upon the Name of the Lord.

16 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord *
in the presence of all his people,

17 In the courts of the Lord’s house, *
in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.
Hallelujah!

The Gospel | John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Before the Gospel reading the Priest says
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
People           Glory to you, Lord Christ

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.”

After the Gospel the Reader says
The Gospel of the Lord
People           Thanks be to God

Reflection

Silence

The Celebrant continues
The Lord Jesus, after he had supped with his disciples and had washed their feet, said to them, “Do you know what I, your Lord and Master, have done to you? I have given you
an example, that you should do as I have done.”

People           Peace is my last gift to you, my own peace I now leave with you; peace which the world cannot give, I give to you.

I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.

People           Peace is my last gift to you, my own peace I now leave with you; peace which the world cannot give, I give to you.

By this shall the world know that you are my disciples: That you have love for one another.

Prayers of the People | Form I

With all our heart and with all our mind, let us pray to the Lord, saying “Lord, have mercy.”

For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord.
People         Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the Holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord.
People         Lord, have mercy.

For our Bishop, and for all the clergy and people, let us pray to the Lord.
People         Lord, have mercy.

For our President, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord.
People         Lord, have mercy.

For this city, for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord.
People         Lord, have mercy.

For seasonable weather, and for an abundance of the fruits of the earth, let us pray to the Lord.
People         Lord, have mercy.

For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord.
People         Lord, have mercy.

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord.
People         Lord, have mercy.

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord.
People         Lord, have mercy.

For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed, let us pray to the Lord.
People         Lord, have mercy.

For deliverance from all danger, violence, oppression, and degradation, let us pray to the Lord.
People         Lord, have mercy.

For the absolution and remission of our sins and offenses, let us pray to the Lord.
People         Lord, have mercy.

That we may end our lives in faith and hope, without suffering and without reproach, let us pray to the Lord.
People         Lord, have mercy.

Defend us, deliver us, and in thy compassion protect us, O Lord, by thy grace.
People         Lord, have mercy.

In the communion of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, let us commend ourselves, and one another, and all our life, to Christ our God.
People         To thee, O Lord our God.

Silence

The Celebrant concludes with a prayer
O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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,
for ever and ever. Amen.

Please unmute yourself to exchange the peace with each other

Celebrant      The Peace of the Lord be always with you
People            And also with you.

The Stripping of the Altar

As a way of marking the transition from Jesus’s Last Supper to his trial and crucifixion on Good Friday, we remove several sacred items from our space. This includes any candles and Eucharistic vessels–the cup and the plate–leaving only the cross and the Bible.

On Good Friday we will begin and end our liturgy in silence, and I encourage you to observe that silence throughout your day, as much as possible.

There is no dismissal from now until the Paschal Feast of Easter.