Maundy Thursday Evening Readings and Prayers

Maundy Thursday

The Collect: 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 and the Holy Spirit, one God now and for ever. Amen.

The Epistle is written in the 23rd verse of the 11th chapter of St. Paul’s 1st Letter to the Corinthians:

The tradition which I handed on to you came to me from the Lord Himself: That the Lord Jesus, on the night of His arrest, took bread and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “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, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. You must examine yourself before eating of the bread and drinking of the cup. For those who eat and drink, eat and drinks judgement on themselves if they do not discern the Body.


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John:  All: Glory to You, O Lord

It was before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that His hour had come and He must leave this world and go to the Father. He had always loved His own who were in the world, and now He was to show the full extent of His love. The devil had already put into the mind of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot to betray Him. During supper, Jesus, well aware that the Father had entrusted everything to Him, and that He had come from God and was going back to God, rose from table, laid aside His garments and taking a towel, tied it round Him. Then He poured water into a basin, and began to wash His disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel.

When it was Simon Peter’s turn, Peter said to Jesus, “You Lord, washing my feet?” Jesus replied, “You do not understand now what I am doing, but one day you will.” Peter said, “I will never let you wash my feet.” “If I do not wash you”, Jesus replied, “you are not in fellowship with me.” “Then Lord, not my feet only; wash my hands and head as well”! Jesus said, “anyone who has bathed needs no further washing, that person is altogether clean; and you are clean, though not every one of you.” He added the words, ‘not every one of you’ because He knew who was going to betray Him.

After washing their feet and taking His garments again, Jesus sat down. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” He asked. “You call me ‘Master’ and ‘Lord’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Then if I, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example: you are to do as I have done for you.”

This is the Gospel of the Lord:   All: Praise to You, O Chris



To the words Lord hear us, please respond And humble us

Gracious Father, on this, the night He was betrayed, Your Son Jesus Christ washed His disciples’ feet. Help us to follow His example and gladly to become the servants of others, especially those who need what we have to give.

Lord hear us And humble us

On this night, Jesus prayed for his disciples to be one. We pray for the unity of your church today, here in Compstall, across our Deanery, our Diocese, our country and the wider Christian community in the world.

Lord hear us

On this night, Jesus prayed for those who were to believe through the witness of those he was leaving to continue His work. We pray for the mission of our church and for your church across the world that we might deliver a message of hope and love.

Lord hear us

On this night he commanded his disciples to love, but suffered rejection himself. We hold before you those who are rejected and unwanted in the world. Give us the grace and commitment always to be ready to reach out and embrace in love those who are in need.

Lord hear us

On this night, Jesus reminded His disciples that if the world hated them, it hated Him first. We pray for those who are mocked and persecuted for their faith, for holding fast to what is good and true and lovely when it would be more convenient not to do so. We pray for those who are willing to die and will die for the faith they hold in you.

Lord hear us:

On this night our Lord Jesus accepted the cup of death and looked forward to the new wine of the kingdom of heaven. We pray for all those who will die this night, those tormented by fear and anxiety, those confused and overwhelmed – may their dying bring them to your eternal peace.

Lord hear us:

As we recall the last supper Jesus shared with His disciples and His commandment to continue this in remembrance of Him we hold before him our spiritual hunger, our thirst and our emptiness. We give thanks that the table is laid and that Christ is here waiting to feed and bless us.

Lord hear us:

Lord Jesus Christ, who for our sake endured the turmoil of mind in the Garden of Gethsemane, whose  body was broken on the cross, who surrendered your spirit to the Father, reach out now in love and compassion, bring to each one the assurance of your presence, the comfort of your peace and the joy of your love.

Lord hear us                                   Merciful Father, accept these prayers……