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Maundy Thursday Order of Worship
P: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
P: I will go to the altar of God,
C: to God my exceeding joy.
P: Our help is in the name of the Lord,
C: who made heaven and earth.
P: During this Lenten season we have heard our Lord’s call
to intensify our struggle against sin, death, and the devil
—all that prevents us from trusting in God and loving
each other. Since it is our intention to receive the Holy
Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ on this night when He
instituted this blessed meal for our salvation, it is proper
that we complete our Lenten discipline by diligently
examining ourselves, as St. Paul urges us to do. This holy
Sacrament has been instituted for the special comfort of
those who are troubled because of their sin and who
humbly confess their sins, fear God’s wrath, and hunger
and thirst for righteousness.
But when we examine our hearts and consciences, we find
nothing in us but sin and death, from which we are
incapable of delivering ourselves. Therefore, our Lord
Jesus Christ has had mercy on us. For our benefit He
became man so that He might fulfill for us the whole will
and law of God and, to deliver us, took upon Himself our
sin and the punishment we deserve.
So that we may more confidently believe this and be
strengthened in the faith and in holy living, our Lord
Jesus Christ took bread, broke it, and gave it to His
disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My body, which is
given for you.” It is as if He said, “I became man, and all
that I do and suffer is for your good. As a pledge of this, I
give you My body to eat.”
In the same way also He took the cup, gave thanks, and
gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is
the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you for
the forgiveness of sins.” Again, it is as if He said, “I have
had mercy on you by taking into Myself all your
iniquities. I give Myself into death, shedding My blood to
obtain grace and forgiveness of sins, and to comfort and
establish the new testament, which gives forgiveness and
everlasting salvation. As a pledge of this, I give you My
blood to drink.”
Therefore, whoever eats this bread and drinks this cup,
confidently believing this Word and promise of Christ,
dwells in Christ and Christ in him and has eternal life.
We should also do this in remembrance of Him, showing
His death—that He was delivered for our offenses and
raised for our justification. Giving Him our most
heartfelt thanks, we take up our cross and follow Him
and, according to His commandment, love one another as
He has loved us. For we are all one bread and one body,
even as we are all partakers of this one bread and drink
from the one cup. For just as the one cup is filled with the
wine of many grapes and one bread made from countless
grains, so also we, being many, are one body in Christ.
Because of Him, we love one another, not only in word, but in deed and in truth.
May the almighty and merciful God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, by His Holy Spirit, accomplish this in
P: Having heard the Word of God, let us confess our sins,
imploring God our Father the sake of His Son, Jesus
Christ, to grant us forgiveness.
P: O almighty God, merciful Father,
C: I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all
my sins and iniquities with which I have ever
offended You and justly deserved Your temporal
and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry
for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray
You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of
the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of
Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious
and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.
P: God be merciful to you and strengthen your faith.
P: Do you believe that the forgiveness I speak is not my
forgiveness but God’s?
P: Let it be done for you as you believe.
In the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ
I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of
the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
P: Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you
completely, and may your whole spirit, soul and body be
kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He
who calls you is faithful; He will surely do it. Go in peace.
Collect of the Day
P: Let us pray:
O Lord, in this wondrous Sacrament You have left us a
remembrance of Your passion. Grant that we may so
receive the sacred mystery of Your body and blood that
the fruits of Your redemption may continually be
manifest in us; for You live and reign with the Father and
the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Scripture Readings: Page 190
Old Testament Reading Exodus 24:3-11
Epistle Reading Hebrews 9:11-22
(Alleluia and Verse are omitted)
Gospel Reading Matthew 26:17-30
Nicene Creed: Page 191
Hymn of the Day: “O Lord, We Praise Thee” 617
(Offertory is omitted. Offering may be placed in the offering plate by the center doors on your way out)
Prayer of the Church
Reading of Psalm 22 and Stripping of the Altar
*All Leave in Silence*