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Maundy Thursday

What's in a name? The word Maundy is the adoption of a Latin word into English. The Latin word means "command." On the night that Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper he "commanded" the apostles to love one another. For this reason a prayer for Christian Unity is included after the Collect for the Day. An alternative name for today is, Holy Thursday.

Design for Worship:

This week's design for worship is the unfolding of God's plan of salvation for mankind. As we gain comprehension and realize the benefits of the price and extent of so great a salvation, we are to practice Christ-like humility and love to those around us.

Epistle Lesson:

1 Corinthians 11: 23-32

Gospel Lesson:

Luke 23: 1-49

Collect for Maundy Thursday:

Two prayers that have a common origin appear in different Prayer Books as the Collect for the Day. Though both are similar, they each provide different nuances for our understanding and application. The Collects are followed by a prayer for Christian Unity for the reasons stated above.

Most gracious Father, whose dear Son, on the night in which he was betrayed, instituted the Lord's Supper; Mercifully help us in remembrance of Him, to receive the Supper in true repentance, in faith, and with thanksgiving to His Name; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forevermore.

Father of mercy, Your dear Son did, in the garden of Gethsemane, accept the cup You gave Him to drink so that He might taste death for man; mercifully assist us who are the recipients of the cup of blessing to thankfully receive it in remembrance of Him and show our Lord's death until He comes; for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

Everlasting God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Savior, the Prince of Peace; Deliver Your Church, we pray, from all prejudice and contention, and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord; That, as there is but one body, and one Spirit, and one hope of our calling; one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may be all of one heart and of one mind, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.