MAUNDY THURSDAY

Maundy Thursday.

Here is the source of every sacrament,

The all-transforming presence of the Lord,

Replenishing our every element

Remaking us in his creative Word.

For here the earth herself gives bread and wine,

The air delights to bear his Spirit’s speech,

The fire dances where the candles shine,

The waters cleanse us with His gentle touch.

And here He shows the full extent of love

To us whose love is always incomplete,

In vain we search the heavens high above,

The God of love is kneeling at our feet.

Though we betray Him, though it is the night.

He meets us here and loves us into light.

Malcolm Guite, Sounding the Seasons, Canterbury Press 2012

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19 thoughts on “MAUNDY THURSDAY

  1. Gilly, I would like to thank you for dropping in at my blog & leaving your comments. Your insights are valuable. I also enjoy your blog & especially reading the
    Palm Sunday poem” & the comment for today, Holy Thursday.

    Quite a few years ago, at the Holy Thursday evening service, the altar was stripped and bare, (the statues in the church had been covered earlier with purple covers.) and the church felt so bare & completely empty, even though it was filled with people. At that evening, I had one of my little boys with me, and as I rose to pick him up as our row of people was getting ready to join the procession out of the church, he began to cry and for some reason, his cry seemed so appropriate at that moment in time, he continued sobbing softly as I carried him out, down the steps and into the cold parking lot.

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    1. What a beautiful story. And I have literally just come in from our Maundy Thursday Communion and the stripping of the altar. I can understand why your little boy might cry. It’s very powerful and moving.

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      1. The washing of another’s feet is such a wonderful gesture, it’s so comforting, for the receiver and giver alike. A true act of deep love and humility!
        I am blessed to be on the receiving end each and every morning from my wonderful Carer.

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