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Lenten Reflections: Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, with a special focus on two deeply significant acts that night: Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and sharing (and reinterpreting) the bread and wine with his disciples. The word ‘Maundy’ is derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning "commandment," and refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another and to remember his sacrifice. (Click here for more information.) 

Lectionary readings:
Exodus 12:1-4, 5-10, 11-14
Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
John 13:1-17, 31b-35

The following prayers for Maundy Thursday are from the Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):

Holy God, source and sovereign,
you put all power and authority into the hands of Christ —
Christ, who washes our feet in humble service.
Teach us to love one another as Christ has loved us,
so that everyone will know that we are his disciples;
through Jesus Christ our Lord we pray.

How beautiful, O Lord, are the feet
that proclaim the gospel.

Make us ready to follow Christ:
in word and action,
in service and love,
so that all the world may know 
the one we love and serve: 
Jesus Christ the Lord.


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