The Holy week reflections link
they are a great daily focus in the lead up to the Easter celebrations.
The sacrament of the Lord's supper.
The ceremony of washing the feet of poor persons or inferiors, performed as a religious rite on Maundy Thursday in commemoration of Christ's washing the disciples' feet at the Last Supper.
Jesus washes his disciples' feet
1 It was just before the Passover Festival.
Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world,
he loved them to the end.
2 The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas,
the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus.
3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power,
and that he had come from God and was returning to God;
4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing,
and wrapped a towel round his waist.
5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet,
drying them with the towel that was wrapped round him.
6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, 'Lord, are you going to wash my feet?'
7 Jesus replied, 'You do not realise now what I am doing, but later you will understand.'
8 'No,' said Peter, 'you shall never wash my feet.'
Jesus answered, 'Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.'
9 'Then, Lord,' Simon Peter replied, 'not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!'
10 Jesus answered, 'Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.'
11 For he knew who was going to betray him,
and that was why he said not every one was clean.
12 When he had finished washing their feet,
he put on his clothes and returned to his place.
'Do you understand what I have done for you?' he asked them.
13 'You call me "Teacher" and "Lord", and rightly so, for that is what I am.
14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet,
you also should wash one another's feet.
15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
16 Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master,
nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
The Last Supper
7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, 'Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.'
9 'Where do you want us to prepare for it?' they asked.
10 He replied, 'As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, "The Teacher asks: where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?" 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.'
13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.
14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, 'I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.'
17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, 'Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.'
19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.'
20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.[a] 21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22 The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!' 23 They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this.
24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, 'The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
31 'Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.'
33 But he replied, 'Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.'
34 Jesus answered, 'I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.'
35 Then Jesus asked them, 'When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?'
'Nothing,' they answered.
36 He said to them, 'But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.
37 It is written: "And he was numbered with the transgressors"[b]; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfilment.'
For all those who have gone before,
walked the path we tread, and, by their example, encouragement,
wise words and teaching led others into your Kingdom,
we offer our grateful thanks.
For all who, through their actions put others before self,
demonstrating the meaning of generosity,
giving from their riches and also from their poverty,
we offer our grateful thanks. Through the one who gave everything,
that we might understand the true riches of this life,
and the one to come.
O blessed Lord, you have commanded us to love one another.
Just as we have received your undeserved blessings,
may we love everyone in you and for you.
We ask your kindness for all,
but especially for the friends whom your love has been given to us. Love them,
O fountain of love, and move them to love you with all their heart,
that they may will, and speak,
and do only those things which are pleasing to you.
Our prayer is cold, because our love is so feeble, but you are rich in mercy.
Do not measure your goodness to them by the dullness of our devotion,
but as your kindness surpasses all human affection,
so let your hearing transcend our prayer.
Do what is best for them, according to your will,
that being ruled and protected by you always and everywhere,
they may receive eternal life in the end; to you,
with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
be all honor and praise for ever and ever.
36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane,
and he said to them, "Sit here while I go over there and pray".