Thursday, April 9, 2009

Daily Office Reflection: Maundy Thursday

Psalms 102 * 142, 143; Jeremiah 20:7-11; 1Cor 10:14-17,11:27-32; John 17:1-11(12-26)

I love Maundy Thursday, this first day of the Triduum Sacrum, the Sacred Three Days. I love the service that we will worship with tonight which will include washing of the feet, Holy Eucharist, reserving the Sacrament for tomorrow and Stripping of the Altar. And I love that we celebrate the Last Supper and the founding of our common table. 

It is such a privilege and an honor to lead worship and pray one of our Holy Communion prayers, creating the bread and the wine, the common food we all eat and drink in community. I love that as Episcopalians we are table-centric: that our common table and our common meal are central to who and what we are as the Body of Christ in the world. This sense of binding community which enwraps us all is a part of why tonight's service is so special for me. This helps with the "harder" parts of this Holy Week.

Copyright 2009, The Rev. John F. Dwyer. All Rights Reserved.

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