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Liturgy and Prayers

Bible Reading - John 13, 1-11

An Agape Meal by Rev Canon Imogen Nay

The love feast or Agape Meal, is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry and expressing the koinonia (community, sharing, fellowship) enjoyed by the family of Christ. It is not the same as Holy Communion or the Eucharist and can be shared together in any household.

You can download a liturgy here.


Live Streams and Video Broadcasts

Maundy Thursday Eucharist

This service will be led by Bishop Stephen from Bishopscourt with readings and prayers from other homes across the diocese

10.30am on Facebook Live

Download the order of service 

 

Church Live Streams in Chelmsford Diocese

 

Chelmsford Cathedral Facebook

7.45am – Morning Prayer
Stations of the cross (a new reflection for each day of Holy Week until Easter)

5.15pm – Evening prayer

7pm –Eucharist, with Reflection for Holy Week by Bishop John Perumbalath

Watch here at 7:15 pm


Worship and Activities for all Ages

Listen - Look - Act - Pray

 

Listen and Watch

Podcast- Walking the Way of the Cross, Prayers and Reflections on the BIblical Stations of the Cross.

By Stephen Cottrell, Paula Gooder and Philip North courtesy of St Nicholas Durham Website.

 

Video - Serving by Revd Caroline Beckett

 

Video- Jesus Washes His Disciples' Feet

Question: What did Jesus say or do?

 

Video - Meal by Rev Caroline Beckett (featured art by Turvey Abbey)

 

Video - Garden by Rev Caroline Beckett

 

Video - Unfair by Rev Caroline Beckett (featured art by Turvey Abbey)

 

Music - 10,000 Reasons, Matt Redman and All Souls Orchestra

 
 

Music - Chelmsford Cathedral Girls Choir, The King of Love my Shepherd Is

 

A collection of poems for Maundy Thursday by Rev Caroline Beckett

 


Look

A Visual Table Display by Emma Anderton

On Palm Sunday we asked you to collect leaves from the garden, or make leaves from green paper to place them on the tray in the centre of your prayer space. Today add a jug of water to the tray.


Act

Holy Week Table Display by Rachel Summers

On Palm Sunday we provided instruction to make a table display using advent candles or tea lights on a tray. Find out more here. Here's what you can do today:

Light all five candles, then snuff four out. Add a piece of silver foil, that you’ve fashioned into the shape of a goblet or a chalice. Tell the story of Jesus at the Last Supper. If you want to, you might like to try washing each other’s feet.

 

Holy Week Window Gallery by Rachel Summers

On Palm Sunday we provided instruction to make a Window Gallery. 

Find out more here.

Here's what you might make to put in your gallery today:

Create some ‘bread’ and ‘wine’ (or bread and grapes) for the Last Supper.

 

Baking our way through Holy Week - Recipe for a Seder Meal by Rachel Summers

On Maundy Thursday, we sometimes celebrate with a seder meal, the meal of the Jewish festival of Passover. It’s very possible that Jesus’ Last Supper was a Passover meal, and the edible re-enacting that goes on in this is a great way of understanding the story of Exodus, and also of putting some of the things said and done at the Last Supper into a context.

One of the dishes on the Seder plate is charoset, a mixture of apples, walnuts, cinnamon, and honey, to look like the mortar and clay bricks the Israelites had to build while slaves in Egypt. I thought this would be rather tasty inside a turnover.

First up, then, you’ll need to make yourself some pastry. And if it’s a turnover, it really needs to be rough-puff pastry, doesn’t it. So stick 120g of butter in the freezer, and cut 50g of chilled butter into cubes. Tip the butter cubes into a bowl containing 300g plain flour and a pinch of salt, and rub them in using your fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. Add a little water until it forms into a dough, and roll it out into a rectangle.

Get the butter out from the freezer, and grate half of it onto the bottom two thirds of the dough. Fold the uncovered part of dough down over the grated butter, then fold the bottom part up over the top. Turn it a quarter turn, roll it out again, and repeat this- grate butter over the bottom two thirds, fold down the top, fold up the bottom. All that hard work rolling and grating and wrapping can get you thinking of the way the Israelites had to work as slaves in Egypt, mixing mud for bricks, moulding it, stacking it, all under the hot sun. Think of what you feel enslaved to, that you need freedom from, and begin to feel the same tug towards freedom felt by people throughout the generations. Wrap it all up, and leave it in the fridge to chill while you get on with making the charoset.

For this, chop up an apple or two, and mix it with some walnuts if you have some hiding in your cupboard, some cinnamon or another spice, and some honey. Mix it until it forms a lumpy brownish paste. Roll the ruff puff pastry out, and cut it into triangles. Blob a spoonful of charoset into the middle of each triangle, and fold it over, pressing down around the edges with a fork, and pricking a little hole in the middle of the bulge for the steam to escape. You might like to brush these with milk or egg, and maybe sprinkle on some demerara sugar to give them an extra crunch, before baking them for twenty minutes at 200C/GM6.

Eat them, as free people, reclining to your left as you do when celebrating a seder meal. Only non-slaves could eat while reclining, and you can eat these with joy in your heart, knowing that freedom is coming for all of God’s people.


Pray

As you read today's bible story or after you have watched the video (above), slowly pour water into a bowl and listen to the sound.

Imagine it being poured on to your tired and dusty feet, soaking all the dirt and aches away. Jesus is like the water, he wants to wash our whole lives clean.

You might like to listen to or sing these words as you pray: All Who Are Thirsty

Resources for each day

The links below take you to the resources for the relevant day 

Palm Sunday

Holy Monday

Holy Tuesday

Holy Wednesday

Maundy Thursday

Good Friday

Holy Saturday

Easter Sunday


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