Welcome to Monday of Holy Week, which we have changed from a Mass with Anointing to Reflections from Jerusalem. The reflections are based on stations from ‘Experience Easter (Adults)’ by Jumping Fish, Diocese of Gloucester.
Our reflections are led by Stuart Johnson, and our prayers by Anita Buyers.
1. Palm Sunday
True and humble king,
hailed by the crowds:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you
on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory.
Song: My song is Love unknown
My song is love unknown,
my Saviour’s love to me;
Love to the loveless shown,
that they might lovely be.
O who am I, that for my sake
my Lord should take frail flesh, and die?
He came from His blest throne
salvation to bestow;
but men made strange, and none
the longed-for Christ would know:
but oh, my Friend, my Friend indeed,
who at my need His life did spend.
Sometimes they strew His way,
and His sweet praises sing;
resounding all the day
Hosannas to their King:
then “Crucify!” is all their breath,
and for His death they thirst and cry.
2. Maundy Thursday – the Last Supper
God our Father,
you invite us to share in the supper
which your Son gave to his Church
to proclaim his death until he comes:
may he nourish us by his presence,
and unite us in his love;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Sing – as loud as you like!
My God, and is thy table
and doth thy cup with love o’erflow?
Thither be all thy children led,
and let them all thy sweetness know.
sacred feast which Jesus makes,
rich banquet of his flesh and blood!
Thrice happy he who here partakes
that sacred stream, that heavenly food.
let thy table honoured be,
and furnished well with joyful guests;
and may each soul salvation see,
that here its sacred pledges tastes.
3. Maundy Thursday – washing of the feet
Jesus Lord and Master,
who served your disciples in washing their feet:
serve us often, serve us daily,
in washing our motives, our ambitions, our actions;
that we may share with you
in your mission to the world
and serve others gladly for your sake;
to whom be glory for ever.
4. Maundy Thursday – the Garden of Gethsemane
Lord Jesus Christ,
tempted like us but without sin:
bring us in the hour of temptation
to kneel beside you in the Garden;
and not to rise till the struggle is past
and the choice made, to do the Father’s will;
for your tender mercy’s sake.
5. Good Friday – the Crucifixion
Jesus, by your wounded feet,
direct my path aright:
Jesus, by your nailed hands,
move mine to deeds of love:
Jesus, by your pierced side,
cleanse my desires:
Jesus, by your crown of thorns,
annihilate my pride:
Jesus, by your silence,
shame my complaints:
Jesus by your parched lips,
curb my cruel speech:
Jesus, by your closing eyes,
look on my sin no more:
Jesus, by your broken heart,
knit mine to yours. Amen.
Song Hope for the world’s despair:
Hope for the world’s
we feel the nations’ pain;
can anything repair this broken earth again?
For this we pray: in every place
a spark of grace to light the way.
for all who bear
the future in their hand,
entrusted with the care of this and every land.
When comes the hour, O Lord, we pray,
inspire the way we spend our power.
for the human heart:
when hate grows from our fears
and inwardly we start to turn our ploughs to spears.
Help us to sow love’s precious seed
in word and deed, that peace may grow.
The Lord’s Prayer
who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come, thy will be done;
in 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 thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory
for ever and ever. Amen.
May the Father,
who so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
bring you by faith to his eternal life.
who accepted the cup of sacrifice
in obedience to the Father’s will,
keep you steadfast as you walk with him the way of his cross.
May the Spirit,
who strengthens us to suffer with Christ
that we may share his glory, set your minds on life and peace.
May the blessing of God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
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