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Maundy Thursday

Intent: The Mystery of the Eucharist


O God, who hast given thy children the wonderful mystery of the Eucharist ere the world began; who hast sent to us holy messengers of thy love, who were without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like unto the sons of God, thou art verily the heart-blood of the universe, whereby all beings live. Grant us, we pray, that we may properly reverence and worthily receive the unspeakable mystery of thy mystical body and blood now and forevermore.


The lesson is taken from the Psalms of David:

Put thou thy trust in the Lord, and be doing good; delight thou in the Lord, and He shall give thee thy heart’s desire. Commit thy way unto the Lord, and put thy trust in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall make thy righteousness as clear as the light, and thy just dealing as the noonday. O rest in the Lord; wait patiently for Him; for the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.


The gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. John:

Amen, Amen, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. I am that Bread of life. This is the Bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living Bread which came down from heaven; if any man eat of this Bread, he shall live forever; and the Bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

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