April 7, 2020

Maundy Thursday Service

Welcome to a very special interactive Maundy Thursday Service

Start here and follow along as you scroll down the page.

You’ll stop to view videos and listen to audio along the way. The service includes instructions for eating a meal, washing feet, and ends with clearing the table.

There is a section where you will be asked to share an image that represents a service to another like Jesus performed when he washed the feet of his Disciples.

Begin whenever you are ready.

Gather in the Lord’s Name

People stand if able

Live in Charity/Ubi caritas

St. Edward’s Parish, iPhone recording Maundy Thursday, 2019

Opening Sentences

Leader   Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins.

People    His mercy endures for ever.

The Collect of the Day (adapted)

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, gave freely of himself to his beloved in the washing of feet and in instituting the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that as we gather in our households we may remember these great gifts of love by Jesus Christ our Lord, and follow his great command to love one another as he eternally loves us all; who has given himself for the whole world, and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessing Over the Food

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe. You have blessed the earth to bring forth food to satisfy our hunger. Let this food strengthen us in the fast that is before us, that following our Savior in the way of the cross, we may come to the joy of his resurrection. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and for ever. Amen

Please be seated, and let us begin our Agape Meal together.

The Agape Meal Begins

People are seated at their tables, begin to serve each other, and begin to eat. After a few minutes, play the following excerpt from the Gospel of Luke and the prayer that follows.

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.’ They asked him, ‘Where do you want us to make preparations for it?’ ‘Listen,’ he said to them, ‘when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house he enters and say to the owner of the house, “The teacher asks you, ‘Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ ” He will show you a large room upstairs, already furnished. Make preparations for us there.’ So they went and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

When the hour came, he took his place at the table, and the apostles with him. He said to them, ‘I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I tell you, I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, ‘Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’

Blessing Over The Wine    

Let us pray.Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe. You create the fruit of the vine;  We thank you, O our Father, for the holy vine of David which you have made known to us through your Son Jesus. Glory to you for ever and ever. Amen.

People who have wine at their tables take a drink of wine, and continue to eat – reserving some bread and wine to share at the end of the meal.
After a few minutes, the Hebrew scripture is read.

The Lesson Exodus 12:1-4, 11-14

The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt: This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. This is how you shall eat it: your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the Lord. For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the Lord. The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live: when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. This day shall be a day of remembrance for you. You shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord; throughout your generations you shall observe it as a perpetual ordinance.

Lector    The Word of the Lord

People   Thanks be to God. 

Psalm 116:1, 10-17

Psalm 116:1, 10-17a   

1 I love the Lord because he has heard the voice of my suppli-/cation, *

      because he has inclined his ear to me

      whenever I called / upon him.

10    How shall I repay / the Lord *

      for all the good things he has / done for me?

11    I will lift up the cup of sal-/vation *

    and call upon the Name / of the Lord.

12    I will fulfill my vows to / the Lord * 

    in the presence of / all his people.

13    Precious in the sight of / the Lord * 

            is the death / of his servants.

14    O Lord, I am your / servant; *

    I am your servant and the child of your handmaid; 

    you have freed me / from my bonds.

15    I will offer you the sacrifice of thanks-/giving * 

    and call upon the Name / of the Lord.

16    I will fulfill my vows to / the Lord * 

    in the presence of / all his people,

17    In the courts of the / Lord’s house, * 

    in the midst of you, / O Jerusalem. 

The Epistle 1 Corinthians 11:23-26

I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Lector    The Word of the Lord. People   Thanks be to God.

Eat this bread

Carla Strott & Rich Van Slyke

People continue to eat – reserving some bread and wine to share at the end of the meal. After a few minutes, the reading from the Gospel of John is read.

The Gospel John 13:1-15

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.” After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord–and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them. “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, `Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Now the silence, now the peace & I can hear my savior calling

St. Edward’s Parish, iPhone recording Maundy Thursday, 2019

People in their homes move back from their tables to wash each other’s feet. Please take photos to share as you do so. During this time, hymns or songs may be sung and music may be played. At some point during footwashing, the following anthem is said. After the anthem, use the form to upload your photos.



The Lord Jesus, after he had supped with his disciples and had washed their feet, said to them, “Do you know what I, your Lord and Master, have done to you? I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done.”


Peace is my last gift to you, my own peace I now leave with you; peace which the world cannot give, I give to you.


I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you.


Peace is my last gift to you, my own peace I now leave with you; peace which the world cannot give, I give to you.


By this shall the world know that you are my disciples: That you have love for one another.

Submit your images to share

At this time, use the form below to share an image or two that represents a service to another like Jesus performed when he washed the feet of his Disciples. Images will be available to view here in a day or two.

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People wash their hands, return to their tables, and finish their meals together. When people have regathered at their tables, listen to and read the following excerpt from the Gospel of Luke.


Then he took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ And he did the same with the cup after supper, saying, ‘This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. ‘But see, the one who betrays me is with me, and his hand is on the table. For the Son of Man is going as it has been determined, but woe to that one by whom he is betrayed!’ Then they began to ask one another which one of them it could be who would do this. A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, ‘The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.’

Blessing over the Bread

Let us pray.Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe. You bring forth bread from the earth. We thank you, O our Father, for the life and knowledge which you make known to us through your Son Jesus. On this night we remember his giving of himself to us as the bread of life and cup of salvation. As grain scattered upon the earth is gathered into one loaf, so gather your Church in every place into the kingdom of your Son. To you be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.



Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

The Peace

Bid peace to one another in your household and people you know online

Cleaning of Tables


Denise Robinson & Carla Strott

People clear their tables completely, as Psalm 22 is read.
(This is the part of the service where the altar in the church is cleared and cleaned.)

People regather, standing, at their tables, and view the images below together. The service ends in silence.

Tell us your thoughts on this new way of conducting a service. What worked for you? What would you like to see done differently? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below:

6 thoughts on “Maundy Thursday Service

  • Awesome. The leader was incredible. Thank you Ted. We played music behind the speaking and it was really beautiful. Was able to really read, listen and take in the service this way. Thank you all who participated in the making of this special Maundy Thursday.
    Praise God

  • Very good. the reading by Dehise was exceptional. For some reason YouTube kept jumping in. That may have been user error since I was using my cell phone. Peace and love to all. Joy

  • As this was a first time interactive attempt, my family and I thought it went well. There were a few minor adjustments, but, overall no real issues.
    We were so thankful to be able to participate in the Maundy Thursday service with our St. Edwards Family.
    Thanks be to God!🙏🙏

  • We really enjoyed this. This last part is cool. It is actually rare we can do most Holy Week services due to the busyness of life. So one new and wonderful way God has blessed us during this time. May the peace of the Lord be with you always! Miss your faces, but we know we are close to you by our sharing of this.

  • Thank you for this meaningful service for Maundy Thursday. I kept wanting to have young children in my house so we could experience the service together. All of you involved with the service and the behind the scenes work did an amazing job. A couple of gifts from this service…
    **The sunlight coming through the window over Fr Fabio’s head proving we are not alone.

    **remembering the stripping of the altar as Denise beautifully read the Psalm.
    Well done to our amazing team.
    Thank you

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