Maundy Thursday: The New Testament (The institution of the Lord’s Supper)

Watchword Psalm 111,4: “He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.” (Er hat ein Gedächtnis gestiftet seiner Wunder, der gnädige und barmherzige HERR.)

 Introit Psalm 111,1-2.4-6.9

God’s holy Word from the 2nd book of Moses (Exodus) the twelfth chapter verses 1.3-4.6-7.11-14

 The Epistle lesson is from the 1st letter of St.Paul to the Corinthians in the tenth and eleventh chapter verses 14-17 and verses 27-32

The Holy Gospel according to the evangelist and apostle St. John the 13th chapter verses 1-15 (34-35)

Today’s sermon is based on the gospel of the evangelist St. Mark the 14th chapter verses 17-26

The liturgical colour is white.

Together with the Christian Church we pray with a collect for this high holiday: “Lord God, of your fatherly mercy you spared not your only Son but gave him up to death and the cross. Send your Holy Spirit into our hearts, that we may be comforted by this grace, henceforth be on guard against sin, and patiently bear whatever you send us to suffer, that through him we may live for ever with you.” (Dobberstein Pg. 87)

Today’s hymn is Luther’s “Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet…” (1523) translated as “O Lord, We Praise You…” in the Lutheran Hymnal.  

  1. O Lord, we praise you, bless you, and adore you,
    In thanksgiving bow before you.
    Here with your body and your blood you nourish
    Our weak souls that they may flourish.
    O Lord, have mercy!
    May your body, Lord, born of Mary,
    That our sins and sorrows did carry,
    And you blood for us plead
    In all trial, fear, and need:
    O Lord, have mercy!
  2. Your holy body into death was given,
    Life to win for us in heaven.
    No greater love than this to you could bind us;
    May this feast of that remind us!
    O Lord, have mercy!
    Lord, your kindness so much did move you
    That your blood now moves us to love you.
    All our debt you have paid;
    Peace with God one more is made.
    O Lord, have mercy!
  3. May God bestow on us his grace and favor
    To please him with our behavior
    And live together here in love and union
    Nor repent this blest communion.
    O Lord, have mercy!
    Let not your good Spirit forsake us,
    But that heavenly minded he make us;
    Give you Church, Lord, to see
    Days of Peace and unity.
    O Lord, have mercy!


About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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