Year V: Holy Week

Maundy Thursday: Morning Prayer


Maundy Thursday: Today is traditionally referred to as Maundy Thursday, when we remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and in particular his revelation as the Servant-King in the act of foot-washing. Most scholars agree that the English word Maundy is derived from the Latin mandatum, the first word of the phrase “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos” (“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you”), the statement by Jesus in John 13:34 used by Jesus to explain the meaning of the washing of the feet of the disciples. Because there is a lot of narrative surrounding the events of this day, both today and tomorrow you will find two New Testament readings in the devotions.


Lord, Open my lips.
And my mouth will give you praise.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


Psalm 67 (Deus misereatur)


An Invocation and a Doxology
To the Chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

God be merciful to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us,
That Your way may be known on earth,
Your salvation among all nations.

Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
For You shall judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations on earth. Selah

Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Then the earth shall yield her increase;
God, our own God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us,
And all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd;
    I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
    he leads me beside peaceful streams.
    He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
    bringing honor to his name.
Even when I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
    for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
    protect and comfort me.
You prepare a feast for me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
    My cup overflows with blessings.
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


(A time of worship and thanksgiving, led or spontaneous. Alternatively a devotional song may be played and listened to.)


Let us pray for the day and its tasks, for the church and her life, and for the world and its needs.

(You may use these prayers as written or use them as ‘prayer pointers’ for your own spontaneous petitions.

Personal Requests

  • Lord Jesus, you came to earth to die and give your life so that we might live. As we feast on your body, so may your shed blood cleanse us from all sin. Lead us forth from our Egyptian slavery and lead us on to the Promised Land that lies beyond the Cross.
             – We worship you, our Servant-King…
  • Let us abhor the sin that led you to the Cross and despise the iniquity that lingers in our hearts. Purify us, Lord.
             – We worship you, our Servant-King…
  • Remove from us all pride and haughty attitudes. May we aspire for greatness by deliberately seeking obscurity.
             – We worship you, our Servant-King…

Family & Friends

  • Lord Jesus, you washed your disciples feet and told us that to become great in the Kingdom of Heaven was to become the servant of all. Help us to seek the lowest place and embrace the role of a servant to our brothers and sisters.
             – We worship you, our Servant-King…
  • Spending your last moments with your friends you taught us the value of community. Bind us together in the hard times and knit us together in the times of great joy.
             – We worship you, our Servant-King…
  • Give us the grace to bear with each other’s faults, failures and fears. May we overcome unkindness with the compassion of Christ.
             – We worship you, our Servant-King…

The Church

  • Lord Jesus, you let your body be broken so your Church may be one. Unite your people, empower your Bride and forgive her sins. May Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox come to the unity of the Spirit and fullness of the faith.
             – We worship you, our Servant-King…
  • May we serve your body even as you served your friends, not despising the place of the servant but elevating it to the highest place of all.
             – We worship you, our Servant-King…
  • May we seek to serve, and follow your humility in washing the feet of those around us.
             – We worship you, our Servant-King…


  • Lord Jesus, you spilt your blood to bring peace to the earth. May all peoples be drawn to the glory of your sacrifice and all nations stand in awe of your love. May humanity be redeemed by your ransom and restored at your table.
             – We worship you, our Servant-King…
  • Open our hearts afresh to the multitudes that stand in the valley of decision today, with no one to guide them and no one to care.
             – We worship you, our Servant-King…
  • Give us a voice to the lost and a message to the broken. Keep us from the busyness of business that blots out the cry of the hurting.
             – We worship you, our Servant-King…
  • May we be a signpost to the perplexed, a shepherd to the lost and a servant to the least.
             – We worship you, our Servant-King…
  • Jesus, it is easy to become nervous and panicked in life, yet you God are our refuge and our very present help in this time of trouble. We trust you Jesus!
             – We worship you, our Servant-King…



And so we pray…

Our Father in heaven,
Holy is Your Name.
Your Kingdom come.
Your 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 yours is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.


Luke 22:14-62

The Lord’s Supper

When the time came, Jesus and the apostles were sitting at the table. He said to them, “I wanted very much to eat this Passover meal with you before I suffer. I will not eat another Passover meal until it is given its true meaning in the kingdom of God.”

Then Jesus took a cup, gave thanks, and said, “Take this cup and share it among yourselves. I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until God’s kingdom comes.”

Then Jesus took some bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to the apostles, saying, “This is my body, which I am giving for you. Do this to remember me.” In the same way, after supper, Jesus took the cup and said, “This cup is the new agreement that God makes with his people. This new agreement begins with my blood which is poured out for you.

Who Will Turn Against Jesus?

“But one of you will turn against me, and his hand is with mine on the table. What God has planned for the Son of Man will happen, but how terrible it will be for that one who turns against the Son of Man.”

Then the apostles asked each other which one of them would do that.

Be Like a Servant

The apostles also began to argue about which one of them was the most important. But Jesus said to them, “The kings of the non-Jewish people rule over them, and those who have authority over others like to be called ‘friends of the people.’ But you must not be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the leader should be like the servant. Who is more important: the one sitting at the table or the one serving? You think the one at the table is more important, but I am like a servant among you.

“You have stayed with me through my struggles. Just as my Father has given me a kingdom, I also give you a kingdom so you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom. And you will sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Don’t Lose Your Faith!

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to test all of you as a farmer sifts his wheat. I have prayed that you will not lose your faith! Help your brothers be stronger when you come back to me.”

But Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and even to die with you!”

But Jesus said, “Peter, before the rooster crows this day, you will say three times that you don’t know me.”

Be Ready for Trouble

Then Jesus said to the apostles, “When I sent you out without a purse, a bag, or sandals, did you need anything?”

They said, “No.”

He said to them, “But now if you have a purse or a bag, carry that with you. If you don’t have a sword, sell your coat and buy one. The Scripture says, ‘He was treated like a criminal,’ and I tell you this scripture must have its full meaning. It was written about me, and it is happening now.”

His followers said, “Look, Lord, here are two swords.”

He said to them, “That is enough.”

Jesus Prays Alone

Jesus left the city and went to the Mount of Olives, as he often did, and his followers went with him. When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray for strength against temptation.”

Then Jesus went about a stone’s throw away from them. He kneeled down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take away this cup of suffering. But do what you want, not what I want.” Then an angel from heaven appeared to him to strengthen him. Being full of pain, Jesus prayed even harder. His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. When he finished praying, he went to his followers and found them asleep because of their sadness. Jesus said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray for strength against temptation.”

Jesus Is Arrested

While Jesus was speaking, a crowd came up, and Judas, one of the twelve apostles, was leading them. He came close to Jesus so he could kiss him.

But Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you using the kiss to give the Son of Man to his enemies?”

When those who were standing around him saw what was happening, they said, “Lord, should we strike them with our swords?” And one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.

Jesus said, “Stop! No more of this.” Then he touched the servant’s ear and healed him.

Those who came to arrest Jesus were the leading priests, the soldiers who guarded the Temple, and the elders. Jesus said to them, “You came out here with swords and clubs as though I were a criminal. I was with you every day in the Temple, and you didn’t arrest me there. But this is your time—the time when darkness rules.”

Peter Says He Doesn’t Know Jesus

They arrested Jesus, and led him away, and brought him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed far behind them. After the soldiers started a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat together, Peter sat with them. A servant girl saw Peter sitting there in the firelight, and looking closely at him, she said, “This man was also with him.”

But Peter said this was not true; he said, “Woman, I don’t know him.”

A short time later, another person saw Peter and said, “You are also one of them.”

But Peter said, “Man, I am not!”

About an hour later, another man insisted, “Certainly this man was with him, because he is from Galilee, too.”

But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you are talking about!”

At once, while Peter was still speaking, a rooster crowed. Then the Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. And Peter remembered what the Lord had said: “Before the rooster crows this day, you will say three times that you don’t know me.” Then Peter went outside and cried painfully.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Pause for Reflection…


Principle of discipleship drawn from the book, “The Way of Christ”

The Way of Joy: The Principle of Cultivating the Garden of the Heart.

Conscious that my own unhealed pain creates suffering for others, I take refuge in God to heal my sorrow in order that His joy would be my strength and His smile be always upon my lips. As a follower of the Way of Joy, I take responsibility for the garden of my heart, prayerfully transforming seeds of sadness, suffering and affliction, and diligently nurturing the seeds of wonder, joyfulness and hope.

This is The Way of Joy: The Principle of Cultivating the Garden of the Heart.

Pause for Reflection…



John 13:1-17

Jesus Washes His Followers’ Feet

It was almost time for the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that it was time for him to leave this world and go back to the Father. He had always loved those who were his own in the world, and he loved them all the way to the end.

Jesus and his followers were at the evening meal. The devil had already persuaded Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to turn against Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had given him power over everything and that he had come from God and was going back to God. So during the meal Jesus stood up and took off his outer clothing. Taking a towel, he wrapped it around his waist. Then he poured water into a bowl and began to wash the followers’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

Jesus came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”

Jesus answered, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but you will understand later.”

Peter said, “No, you will never wash my feet.”

Jesus answered, “If I don’t wash your feet, you are not one of my people.”

Simon Peter answered, “Lord, then wash not only my feet, but wash my hands and my head, too!”

Jesus said, “After a person has had a bath, his whole body is clean. He needs only to wash his feet. And you men are clean, but not all of you.” Jesus knew who would turn against him, and that is why he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and sat down again. He asked, “Do you understand what I have just done for you? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and you are right, because that is what I am. If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash each other’s feet. I did this as an example so that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, a servant is not greater than his master. A messenger is not greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Pause for Reflection…


And so we make our declaration of faith…

We believe in God the Father, Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into the grave;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit;
The Holy Worldwide Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting. Amen.


(Either this or an alternative closing prayer may be said.)

Grant, Lord, that you may increase and we may decrease.
That others may be loved more than we,
That others may be esteemed more than we,
That others may be chosen and if necessary, we be set aside,
That others may be praised and we go unnoticed,
That others needs may be preferred to our needs,
That you may you may find prominence and we may find obscurity.
Jesus, grant us the grace to desire it. Amen.

Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930)


(When praying in community, this or a similar blessing may be used)

And may Christ, who, despising the shame, embraced the cross;
Establish you with the same heart and mind,
And lead you courageously on the path He trod. Amen

Psalms in Bold – Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved

All other Psalms – Scripture quotations are taken from The Living Bible copyright © 1971. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, a Division of Tyndale House Ministries, Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

All other Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, New Century Version®. Copyright © 2005 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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