Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Matthew with St. Chad, Smethwick

Maundy Thursday 2020

9 Apr 2020, midnight

Opening Prayer Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

A Thought for today Today we recall Jesus’ last meal with his friends. A meal at which he asked us to remember him. A meal at which he served his friends by washing their feet. A meal at which he broke bread and drank wine saying that they were his body and blood that would be given up for us to save us from our sins. A meal at which he commanded his friends to love one another as he had loved them. Then, when the meal was finished, Jesus went out to pray and prepare for all that was coming. He prayed that he would be spared from the suffering that was to come. Then gave himself over to God's will. After this he was arrested, falsely accused, convicted and condemned to death, tortured and tormented. Even though he was innocent and without sin.

Maundy Thursday 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. Amen

Prayer of blessing - May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, now and evermore. Amen.

Closing Note This message is sent to you with love and prayers as: a word of encouragement and a sign of hope in these quite extraordinary times.