Holy Week Meditations

Maundy Thursday

Reading

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NIV)
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

 
 

Meditation

Eternal God, in the sharing of a meal
your son established a new covenant for all people,
and in the washing of feet
he showed us the dignity of service.
Grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit
these signs of our life in faith
may speak again to our hearts,
feed our spirits, and refresh our bodies. Amen.

Prayer for Others

Let us offer our prayers
for the needs of the church and the world
to God who has given us new life
in Christ’s passage through death.

Pray for others that come to mind, concluding with:

By the blood of the covenant
and the waters of baptism, O God,
you cleansed us from sin and made us one in Christ.
Receive these prayers that, by the power of your Spirit,
we may love our brothers and sisters
even as Christ has loved us. Amen.

Reproduced from Revised Common Lectionary Prayers copyright © 2002 Consultation on Common Texts admin. Augsburg Fortress. Used by permission. A complete edition of the prayers is available though Augsburg Fortress [link].