Maundy Thursday 2019

Maundy Thursday
Celebrant: Rt. Rev. Edward L. Tatro, Jr.

Processional Hymn: Meekness and Majesty

Celebrant: Bless the Lord who forgiveth all our sins;
His mercy endureth forever.

Celebrant: Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Hymn: I heard the Voice of Jesus Calling

The Ministry of the Word

A Reading from the book of Exodus 12:1-14a:
1While the Israelites were still in the land of Egypt, the LORD gave the following instructions to Moses and Aaron: 2“From now on, this month will be the first month of the year for you. 3Announce to the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each family must choose a lamb or a young goat for a sacrifice, one animal for each household. 4If a family is too small to eat a whole animal, let them share with another family in the neighborhood. Divide the animal according to the size of each family and how much they can eat. 5The animal you select must be a one-year-old male, either a sheep or a goat, with no defects.
6“Take special care of this chosen animal until the evening of the fourteenth day of this first month. Then the whole assembly of the community of Israel must slaughter their lamb or young goat at twilight. 7They are to take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and top of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the animal. 8That same night they must roast the meat over a fire and eat it along with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast. 9Do not eat any of the meat raw or boiled in water. The whole animal—including the head, legs, and internal organs—must be roasted over a fire. 10Do not leave any of it until the next morning. Burn whatever is not eaten before morning.
11“These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed, wear your sandals, and carry your walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with urgency, for this is the LORD’s Passover. 12On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt, for I am the LORD! 13But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.
14“This is a day to remember.

The Word of the Lord!
Thanks Be To God!

Psalm: 78:14-20, 23-25
14In the daytime he led them by a cloud,
and all night by a pillar of fire.
15He split open the rocks in the wilderness
to give them water, as from a gushing spring.
16He made streams pour from the rock,
making the waters flow down like a river!
17Yet they kept on sinning against him,
rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
18They stubbornly tested God in their hearts,
demanding the foods they craved.
19They even spoke against God himself, saying,
“God can’t give us food in the wilderness.
20Yes, he can strike a rock so water gushes out,
but he can’t give his people bread and meat.”
23But he commanded the skies to open;
he opened the doors of heaven.
24He rained down manna for them to eat;
he gave them bread from heaven.
25They ate the food of angels!
God gave them all they could hold.

Attende Domine

A Reading from 1 Corinthians 11:23-26:
23For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread 24and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you.f Do this in remembrance of me.” 25In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” 26For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are announcing the Lord’s death until he comes again.

The Word of the Lord!
Thanks Be to God!

Sequence Hymn: Christ is Made the Sure Foundation

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 22:14-30
Glory be to thee, O Lord.

14When the time came, Jesus and the apostles sat down together at the table.a 15Jesus said, “I have been very eager to eat this Passover meal with you before my suffering begins. 16For I tell you now that I won’t eat this meal again until its meaning is fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.”

17Then he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. Then he said, “Take this and share it among yourselves. 18For I will not drink wine again until the Kingdom of God has come.”

19He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”

20After supper he took another cup of wine and said, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.

21“But here at this table, sitting among us as a friend, is the man who will betray me. 22For it has been determined that the Son of Man must die. But what sorrow awaits the one who betrays him.” 23The disciples began to ask each other which of them would ever do such a thing.

24Then they began to argue among themselves about who would be the greatest among them. 25Jesus told them, “In this world the kings and great men lord it over their people, yet they are called ‘friends of the people.’ 26But among you it will be different. Those who are the greatest among you should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant. 27Who is more important, the one who sits at the table or the one who serves? The one who sits at the table, of course. But not here! For I am among you as one who serves.

28“You have stayed with me in my time of trial. 29And just as my Father has granted me a Kingdom, I now grant you the right 30to eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom. And you will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

After the Gospel, the Reader says: The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise be to thee, O Christ.

At the conclusion of the Gospel, the Bishop or Celebrant may kiss the Gospel book. If the celebrant is not part of the Gospel procession, the deacon or other Minister may carry the Gospel book to the celebrant to be kissed.

Hymn: Sing My Tongue, The Glorious Battle

Holy Maundy Thursday
Rt. Rev. Edward L. Tatro, Jr., D.Div.

Today we celebrate the gift of the Holy Eucharist. The first Last Supper. Very soon Judas will leave Mass early and betray our Savior for thirty pieces of silver. Per usual I have a story to tell.

There is a Cherokee tale I found many years ago in the book, Keepers of the Earth by Michael J. Caduto and Joseph Bruchacentitled, “The Coming of Grandmother Corn.” You can find it at Amazon.com. It is a short version of a longer traditional Cherokee tale. The story goes like this:

Once there was an old grandmother who lived high in the wooded mountains with her grandson. They had a happy life. When the boy was old enough his grandmother made him his first bow with arrows and taught him how to hunt. She taught him well, cautioning him to only hurt for food and not for sport. She taught him to use every part of the animal for some useful purpose. The boy grew in his hunting skills and the grandmother was proud.

One day the grandmother said to her grandson as he prepared to go to the hunt, “When you return today we will have a fine feast to celebrate all you have learned for you have become a good hunter and you have learned to provide for your people.” The boy returned that evening with two pheasants and the grandmother prepared them well. She also prepared a new food. A golden colored stew that was warm and filling. It was creamy and went well with the chewy spicy meat of the pheasants. The boy loved its golden color and savory taste. Every evening from that day forward the grandmother prepared this stew for their evening meal. Sometimes she made the creamy substance into little balls and fried them over the fire. They were crunchy on the outside and steamy soft on the inside.

After a time the boy grew curious about what this new food was and where his grandmother got the golden kernels that she ground to make the stew. One day he came home from hunting a bit early and he called out as he entered the clearing in front of their small cabin, “Grandmother, Grandmother, I’m home!” She did not answer as she usually did. He called again, “Grandmother, Grandmother, I’m home!” Still she did not answer. But he heard a strange humming sound coming from the shed behind their cabin. Quietly he moved around the corner of the cabin and approached the shed. He moved as he moved in the forest when he was stalking a deer, silent and slow. Finally he reached the side of the shed that had a window and he lifted his head to see inside. There was his grandmother seated on the floor swaying back and forth. Her eyes were closed and she was humming a low tone. And from her body poured the golden kernels that made the delicious stew. They were pouring into her best basket.

The boy was very frightened! As quietly and quickly as he could he made his way to the front of the cabin and sat on the steps. Was his grandmother a witch?  He decided to go to the stream not far from the cabin to gather some water, to splash it on his face, and then return. When he did return he called out again, “Grandmother, Grandmother, I’m home!” There was his grandmother sitting on the steps of the cabin with the basket of golden kernels in her lap. For the first time she looked old and tired. She did not returned his greeting but looked deeply into his eyes. “Grandson, did you see me in the shed?” She knew. Grandmothers always know.

The grandson hung his head and confessed that he did. They were very quiet during dinner that night. After they ate the grandmother went to her bed and lay down. She called her grandson to her and said to him, “Because you know my secret I cannot stay with you in the way we have always lived. By tomorrow morning my spirit will be gone from my body. After that happens I want to go to the clearing on the south side of our cabin and clear that field of rocks, stones, large plants, stumps. Make the soil smooth and easy to use. Then gather my body and pull it back and forth across the soil of the whole field seven times. Then bury me there. Watch and wait all night. In the morning you will see a gift that I give to you so that you may always be able to feed the people.” The grandson started to protest. He apologized for spying on her but the grandmother merely smiled her love at him and closed her eyes.

By morning her spirit had left her body. The grandson obeyed her instructions. He worked hard all day and by the evening he had done everything his grandmother has told him to do. He buried her in the field as the first star came out in the night sky. All night he watched and waited. As the sun rose the next day he looked out across the field. There he saw, in the rows made when he had lovingly pulled his grandmother’s body back and forth across the field, small green plants pushing up out of the soil. (Some say they came from drops of blood shed by the grandmother’s body.) The sun shone on the plants all summer long and the boy made sure they had enough water. They grew tall. As tall as his waist, as tall as his shoulder, taller than his head. They grew long green cones on either side of their tall stalks. Cones that looked like funny ears on the sides of the plant. At the end of each cone – or ear – there was long silky “hair”, yellow not black like his grandmother’s. Still it reminded him of her hair. As he walked through the rows of tall plants and the wind rustled their leaves he heard her whispering to him, “Feed the people.” Finally the time came for him to pick one of those ears. He pulled the long green leaves back and there were the golden kernels that made the delicious stew. The grandson knew that what his grandmother told him had come true. Now he would always be able to feed the people.
And that’s the story of “The Coming of Grandmother Corn.”

During this Holy Week we perform the sacred traditions handed down by the Apostles. I call upon everyone to return these traditions the year round.

The Washing of the Feet
Hymn: The Servant Song

Celebrant: 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.

The service continues with the Prayers of the People.
The Leader and People pray responsively:
Father, we pray for thy holy Catholic Church;
That we all may be one.
Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve thee;
That thy Name may be glorified by all people.
We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;
That they may be faithful ministers of thy Word and Sacraments.
We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;
That there may be justice and peace on the earth.
Give us grace to do thy will in all that we undertake;
That our works may find favour in thy sight.
Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble;
That they may be delivered from their distress.
Give to the departed eternal rest;
Let light perpetual shine upon them.
We praise thee for thy saints who have entered into joy;
May we also come to share in thy heavenly kingdom.

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others.
The People may add their own petitions.
The Celebrant adds a concluding Collect.

Lord, hear the prayers of thy people; and what we have asked faithfully, grant that we may obtain effectually, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord our God accept the fervent prayers of thy people; in the multitude of thy mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to thee for help; for thou art gracious, O lover of souls, and to thee we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Hasten, O Father, the coming of thy kingdom; and grant that we thy servants, who now live by faith, may with joy behold thy Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

The Confession
The Deacon or Celebrant says the following:

Ye who do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbours, and intend to lead a new life, following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways: Draw near with faith, and make your humble confession to Almighty God, devoutly kneeling.

Silence may be kept.

Celebrant and People: Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, maker of all things, judge of all men: We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto us, the burden of them is intolerable. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honour and glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Absolution
The Bishop stands and says: Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who of his great mercy hath promised forgiveness of sins to all those who with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto him, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and bring you to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hear the Word of God to all who truly turn to him.

This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. 1 Timothy 1:15

The Peace
All stand.

The Celebrant says to the people: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And with thy spirit.
Then the Ministers and People may greet one another in the Name of the Lord.

The Offertory
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and make good thy vows unto the Most High.

Offertory Hymn: I am the Bread of Life

Doxology:

Communion Hymn: O Thou who at Thy Eucharist Did Pray

Spiritual Communion:
My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

After Communion, the Celebrant says: Let us pray.
The People may join in saying this prayer: Almighty and everliving God, we most heartily thank thee for that thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of thy Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of thy favour and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of thy everlasting kingdom. And we humbly beseech thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.

The Bishop gives the blessing: The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father , the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

Recessional Hymn: Praise to the Holiest in the Height

The Deacon, or the Celebrant, may dismiss the people with these words: Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
Thanks be to God.

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