Eternal God, in the sharing of a meal your Son established a new covenant for all people, and in the washing of feet he showed us the dignity of service. Grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these signs of our life in faith may speak again to our hearts, feed our spirits, and refresh our bodies, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
The readings for Maundy Thursday are: Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 116, I Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35.
You can listen to Seminarian Paul’s sermon here:
Lord Jesus, in a wonderful sacrament you strengthen us with the saving power of your suffering, death, and resurrection. May this sacrament of your body and blood so work in us that the fruits of your redemption will show forth in the way we live, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Our Triduum worship continues on Good Friday at 7pm.
The Stations of the Cross are an ancient meditation that follows Jesus last steps from Maundy Thursday evening through his burial on Good Friday evening. There are many traditions about how they were first created, how they were first shared and prayed, and what prayers and readings there should be. We share a version crafted by Pope Saint John Paul II during our Wednesday Lenten prayer. This version is a more traditional version with 14 stations. Several of them have been controversial through the ages as they are not found in the Passion narratives. We will contemplate them in this version since they are related to several stories that are found in the Passion narratives.
You are invited to just listen and meditate on Jesus’ last journey to the tomb, or you can participate with the words in bold below.
Lord Jesus, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, one earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgives us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal,
have mercy on us.
Wounded Christ, for the sake of your merciful Passion,