Maundy Thursday – Holy Eucharist of the Last Supper

Date: Thursday 2nd April, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Venue: All Saints' Church, Rhiwbina

 

 

 

On Maundy Thursday Christians remember that Jesus shared his last Passover meal with his disciples on the night before his death on the cross.  We call this meal the  ‘ Last Supper ‘.  We remember this very special meal every time we meet to celebrate the Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion.

Jesus broke the bread and shared it with the disciples, saying:
‘Take this and eat it.  It is my body which is given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.’ Then he took the wine, gave thanks, and told them all to drink it. ‘ This is my blood, ‘ he said, ‘ which is poured out for you and for many other people so that your sins may be forgiven.  Do this also in my memory. ‘

After the meal, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, showing them clearly that his followers must be humble and look for opportunities to serve other people rather than trying win status and recognition for themselves.  

After this they all went out to walk in the Garden of Gethsemane.  It was here, while Jesus was praying ( and his disciples were sleeping ) that Judas brought a contingent of soldiers to arrest Jesus, identifying him by giving him a traitor’s kiss.

If you’d like to read the gospel accounts of the events of that night, they may be found in:

St Matthew 26, vv 17 -75;  St Mark 14, vv 10 – 72;  St Luke 22, vv 7 – 65 ;
St John 13, v. 1 – 18, v. 27.

For details of special services to mark Maundy Thursday,  please see: Home Page/News and Events/News and Announcements/Holy Week in the Benefice Churches.