St Mary and St Anne Moseley
Faithful to the Cups of Servanthood and Suffering
The Last Supper, Leonardo Da Vinci
Sung Eucharist And Watch
Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of the ‘Triduum’ the three days when we commemorate Christ’s Last Supper, Death and Resurrection.
The liturgy in this service commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist by Our Lord at the Last Supper as the means by which we know his presence. It encourages us to participate in the Paschal Mystery of his own death and resurrection, by which we are saved.
In tonight’s Eucharist we commemorate the sign of the new commandment that ‘you love one another as I have loved you’. Jesus serves his Disciples and gives them the bread and cup of wine as the sign by which they are to remember God’s sacrificial love which is about to be revealed in sacrificial glory on the cross. This cleansing of our lives is also represented in Christ’s call for us to be servants and to follow his example of humility, revealed in the washing of his Disciples’ feet.
At the end of the service, the Watch commences remembering Christ’s presence in the Garden of Gethsemane, the time where he prays ‘Father, if you are willing remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done’. Tonight’s events lead into the commemoration of our Lord’s trial and passion, which will culminate in the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ on Good Friday.
Over these three days, (Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 28–30 March 2013) we welcome Canon Stephen Cherry from Durham Cathedral to lead us through the theme: Faithful to the Cup. In the next three days, we embrace the chalices of servanthood, suffering and sacrifice which lead to the creation of the chalice of salvation which dominates our west window. In observing Christ’s willingness to give, drink and be faithful to the cup that he receives, we can be filled with his virtues in how to live with the chalices that we bear.