MAUNDY THURSDAY

PRIEST: On this Passover Night, Jesus commands us to bring His love to one another, and to our world.  Each one of us is called a ‘servant’,  summoned to work with one another in shared ministry.  This night we celebrate that we are called to be a community of unity, a community of prayer and a community of mission bringing the love of Christ to the people of our inner city, bringing justice and hope to the poor of the world, bringing Christ the Bread of Life to every hunger. Let us serve our world and each other by our prayer.

READER :    This night Jesus prayed, ‘Father may they all be One …’ for the Unity of the whole Church gathered around the love of Jesus poured out upon the Cross and in Eucharist, so that with greater authenticity we might proclaim the Gospel of Peace

[Reader:]           Lord we pray …
                                                       MAKE US LIVING EUCHARIST

This night Jesus washed the feet of His disciples and taught us to do likewise … for Pope Francis and the whole College of Bishops and all who have leadership in the Church that they be humble servants of their people, listening compassionately, healing gently and defending bravely the vulnerable: we pray that all may experience the Church as the community of God’s infinite Mercy

[Reader:]           Lord we pray …
                                                       MAKE US LIVING EUCHARIST

This night Jesus said, ‘I give you a new command: love one another as I have loved you’ … giving thanks for our doctors, nurses, laboratory workers and carers who work tirelessly for the victims of the Coronavirus, we pray that we might make this great love visible also in our care for the poor, our struggles for justice, our commitment to freedom and equality for all people: we pray especially for all in government everywhere; for the work of CAFOD, our schools in Gambia, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia, the Wild Goose Café, for ‘Borderlands’ Charity  and our asylum ministry

[Reader:]           Lord we pray …
                                                       MAKE US LIVING EUCHARIST

This night Jesus broke the unleavened Bread of Purity in remembrance of the Passover … for our Jewish brothers and sisters as they celebrate God’s freedom and liberation, that there will be an end to all anti-semitism: we pray that all faiths will come together in mutual understanding and acceptance to form a ‘fellowship of believers’ and serve the peace of the world

[Reader:]           Lord we pray …
                                                       MAKE US LIVING EUCHARIST

This night Jesus offered us all one Cup to drink … that our parish will share more effectively the struggles, hopes and aspirations of all our cultures in the Inner City and become more profoundly a community who drinks of each other’s pain and joy, and gives without measure the love in our hearts, whatever the cost.

[Reader:]           Lord we pray …
                                                       MAKE US LIVING EUCHARIST

May Mary, mother of our Saviour, who lived the Great Command with the love of a humble servant, pray that we might love and serve and liberate…

HAIL MARY…

We pray in the silence of this night for our world, for the Church, and for all the sick

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