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¶            The Gathering

In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.



The Greeting

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you

                   and also with you.


Invitation to confession

Our Lord Jesus Christ says:
‘If you love me, keep my commandments.’
‘Unless I wash you, you have no part in me.’
Let us confess to almighty God our sins against his love, and ask him to cleanse us.

cf John 14.15; 13.8      


Have mercy on us, O God, in your great goodness;
according to the abundance of your compassion
blot out our offences.
Lord, have mercy.

                   Lord, have mercy.

Against you only have we sinned
and done what is evil in your sight.
Christ, have mercy.

                   Christ, have mercy.

Purge us from our sin and we shall be clean;
wash us and we shall be whiter than snow.
Lord, have mercy.

                   Lord, have mercy.

Holy God,
holy and strong,
holy and immortal,
have mercy upon us.


May the Father forgive us
by the death of his Son
and strengthen us
to live in the power of the Spirit
all our days.  Amen.

Gloria in Excelsis

                   Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.



The Collect

Let us pray that we may love one another as Christ has loved us.

God our Father,
you have invited 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.



¶            The Liturgy of the Word



1 Corinthians 11.23-26

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.

                   Thanks be to God.


            Music may be played


Gospel Reading

Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
I give you a new commandment, says the Lord:
Love one another as I have loved you.

                   Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

                   Glory to you, O Lord.

John 13.1-17,31b-35

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

                   Praise to you, O Christ.




The Creed

                   We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.






Prayers of Intercession

In the power of the Spirit let us pray to the Father through Christ the saviour of the world.

Father, on this, the night he was betrayed, your Son Jesus Christ washed his disciples’ feet.  We commit ourselves to follow his example of love and service.
Lord, hear us

                   and humble us.

On this night, he prayed for his disciples to be one.  We pray for the unity of your Church.
Lord, hear us

                   and unite us.

On this night, he prayed for those who were to believe through his disciples’ message.
We pray for the mission of your Church.
Lord, hear us

                   and renew our zeal.

On this night, he commanded his disciples to love, but suffered rejection himself.
We pray for the rejected and unloved.
Lord, hear us

and fill us with your love.


On this night, he reminded his disciples that if the

world hated them it hated him first.

We pray for those who are persecuted for their


Lord, hear us

and give us your peace.


On this night, he accepted the cup of death

and looked forward to the new wine of the

kingdom. We remember those who have died in

the peace of Christ.

Lord, hear us

and welcome all your children into



¶             The Liturgy of the Sacrament

The Peace

Jesus says: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.’                  cf John 14.27

The peace of the Lord be always with you

                   and also with you.


            Music may be played


              Prayer over the Gifts

Gracious God, make us worthy to celebrate the Supper of the Lord, for as often as we do this to celebrate His sacrifice, the work of our redemption is make present.  We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.


Blessed are you, Lord, God of the universe,
you bring forth bread from the earth.

                   Blessed be God for ever.

Blessed are you, Lord, God of the universe,
you create the fruit of the vine.

                   Blessed be God for ever.



The Eucharistic Prayer

The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

The president praises God for his mighty acts and all respond

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

The president recalls the Last Supper,

Christ is the bread of life:

When we eat this bread and drink this cup,

we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus,

until you come in glory.

The Prayer continues and leads into the doxology, to

which all respond boldly



The Lord’s Prayer

Standing at the foot of the cross,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy 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 thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Breaking of the Bread

Every time we eat this bread
and drink this cup,

                   we proclaim the Lord’s death
until he comes.

Giving of Communion

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.

                   Jesus Christ is holy,
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.


The president says, ‘The body of Christ’, all who intend to receive respond ‘Amen’.

Please sanitise your hands before coming forward to receive

The host is placed into the hands of each communicant in silence

Step away from the celebrant, remove face covering, consume, re-cover face.

We return to our seats via the Lady Chapel


            Music may be played

Prayer after Communion

Lord Jesus Christ,
we thank you that in this wonderful sacrament
you have given us the memorial of your passion:
grant us so to reverence the sacred mysteries of your body and blood that we may know within ourselves and show forth in our lives the fruit of your redemption, for you are alive and reign, now and for ever.


¶            The Conclusion

When the disciples had sung a hymn they went out to the Mount of Olives.  Jesus prayed to the Father, ‘If it is possible, take this cup of suffering from me’.  He said to his disciples, ‘How is it that you were not able to keep watch with me for one hour? The hour has come for the Son of Man to be handed over to the power of sinful men.  Come, let us go.’

Christ was obedient unto death. Go in his peace.



The Services of the Triduum are a continuation of one act of devotion, therefore no blessing is given. 


The ministers and people depart in silence.


The Watch, an hour’s waiting with Our Lord, will be livestreamed following the service.  Please do join us via our Facebook Page for this.



This year, we are unable to venerate the cross in the traditional way with a kiss.  Those attending the service are invited to venerate in a different way.  You may wish to bring a nail from home to lay at the foot of the cross as a symbol of sorrow for Our Lord’s suffering.  Or if you wish, you could write a prayer and place this there.  Please be assured that no one will read what you write, and Father Owain will destroy all pieces of paper following the service.




Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Some material included in this service is copyright: ©  1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ, USA

Some material included in this service is copyright: ©  The Archbishops’ Council 2000

Some material included in this service is copyright: ©  The Archbishops’ Council 2002

Words at Preparation of Table (Pas) ©  The Archbishops’ Council 2006

Introduction to the Peace (Maundy Thursday; Peace of the World) ©  The Archbishops’ Council

Blessed are you ©  The Central Board of Finance of the Church of England



Maundy Thursday Vigil


The Reserved Sacrament for the Good Friday service will be placed in the Chapel of Repose. 


During the watch, you may wish to read some of the following:


John 13.16-30

Psalm 113

John 13.31-end

Psalm 114

John 14.1-14

Psalm 115

John 14.15-end

Psalm 116.1-9

John 15.1-17

Psalm 116.10-end

John 15.18–16.4a

Psalm 117

John 16.4b-15

Psalm 118.1-9

John 16.16-end

Psalm 118.10-18

John 17.1-19

Psalm 118.19-end

John 17.20-end


Then may follow Psalm 54 and the Gospel of the Watch, or the Gospel of the Watch is read without ceremony, followed by silence


Matthew 26.30-end