Maundy Thursday

The Gathering

 All         Holy God, Holy and strong, Holy and immortal, Have mercy on us.

 

First Station - Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

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We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

All    because by your holy cross

         You have redeemed the world.

 

Mark 14.32-36

 

 

Lord Jesus you entered the garden of fear

and face the agony of your impending death:

Be with those who share that agony and face death unwillingly this day.

You shared our fear and knew the weakness of our humanity;

give strength and hope to the dispirited and despairing.

To you Jesus, who sweated blood,

be honour and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

Now and for ever.

Amen

 

All      Holy God,

Holy and strong,

Holy and immortal,

Have mercy on us.

 

Second Station - Jesus betrayed by Judas and arrested

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

All       because by your holy cross

You have redeemed the world.

 

Mark 14.43-46

 

Lord Jesus, you were betrayed by the kiss of a friend:  be with those who are betrayed and slandered and falsely accused.

Text Box:  You knew the experience of having your love thrown back in your face for mere silver:

Be with families which are torn apart by mistrust or temptation.

To you Jesus, who offered your face to your betrayer, be honour and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.

All         Amen

 

Holy God,

Holy and strong,

Holy and immortal,

Have mercy upon us.

 

 

Third Station - Jesus condemned by the Sanhedrin

 

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We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

All    because by your holy cross

        You have redeemed the world.

 

Mark 14.55-64

 

Lord Jesus, you were the victim of religious bigotry:

Be with those who are persecuted by small- minded    authority. You faced the condemnation of fearful hearts: deepen the understanding of those who shut themselves off from the experience and wisdom of others. To you, Jesus, unjustly judged victim,

be honour and glory with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever.

 

All         Amen

 

Holy God,

Holy and strong,

Holy and immortal,

Have mercy upon us.

 

Fourth Station -  Peter denies Jesus

 

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

All       because by your holy cross

You have redeemed the world.

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Mark 14.72

 

Lord Jesus, as Peter betrayed you,

you experienced the double agony of love rejected and friendship denied:

be with those who know no friends and are rejected by society.

You understood the fear within Peter:

Help us to understand the anxieties of those who fear for their future.

To you, Jesus, who gazed with sadness at your lost friend, now and forever.

 

All         Amen

 

            

 

Holy God,

Holy and strong,

Holy and immortal,

Have mercy upon us.

 

The Conclusion 

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

 

Final response

 

You are worthy O Lamb for you were slain,

and by your blood you ransomed for God

 saints from every tribe and language ad nation:

you have made them to be a kingdom and priests

serving our God.

 

All         We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you,

              because by your holy cross

              You have redeemed the world.