Worship At Home, Holy Thursday

 

 

 

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Welcome to Worship at Home with Corpus Christi Church

Holy Thursday

 

We gather as one family to remember the supper of the Lord on the night before he died. Remembrance has a way of putting us back together again. It is a way of being in the world and relating to one another. What are the places, who are the people, and what were the circumstances where we experienced healing remembrance? We celebrate our own sacrament of service by washing of the feet or hands of another. We celebrate being the living Church and our baptismal mission to serve one another in love. The love Jesus commands is an adjustment to openness, receptivity, and self-giving towards another. It is remembering that the feet and hands we hold, were created and are loved by the same God who created and loves our feet and hands. What we do here tonight, we are called to continue in a lifetime of faithful service.

 

No Greater Love:

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In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Amen

 

On this holy night we remember Jesus who is both king and servant; Jesus who is both the preacher and the Word; Jesus who is both the host of the banquet and our food. He invites us to enter into this holy night, to listen, to remember, to embrace each other as we come around the table.

The First Reading

 

A reading from the Book of Exodus
The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,
“This month shall stand at the head of your calendar;
you shall reckon it the first month of the year.
Tell the whole community of Israel:
On the tenth of this month every one of your families
must procure for itself a lamb, one apiece for each household.
If a family is too small for a whole lamb,
it shall join the nearest household in procuring one
and shall share in the lamb
in proportion to the number of persons who partake of it.
The lamb must be a year-old male and without blemish.
You may take it from either the sheep or the goats.
You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month,
and then, with the whole assembly of Israel present,
it shall be slaughtered during the evening twilight.
They shall take some of its blood
and apply it to the two doorposts and the lintel
of every house in which they partake of the lamb.
That same night they shall eat its roasted flesh
with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
“This is how you are to eat it:
with your loins girt, sandals on your feet and your staff in hand,
you shall eat like those who are in flight.
It is the Passover of the LORD.
For on this same night I will go through Egypt,
striking down every firstborn of the land, both man and beast,
and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt—I, the LORD!
But the blood will mark the houses where you are.
Seeing the blood, I will pass over you;
thus, when I strike the land of Egypt,
no destructive blow will come upon you.
“This day shall be a memorial feast for you,
which all your generations shall celebrate
with pilgrimage to the LORD, as a perpetual institution.”
The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

 

The Psalm

Our Blessing Cup:

R. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

How shall I make a return to the LORD
for all the good he has done for me?
The cup of salvation I will take up,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.

R. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

Precious in the eyes of the LORD
is the death of his faithful ones.
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.

R. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the LORD.
My vows to the LORD I will pay
in the presence of all his people.

R. Our blessing-cup is a communion with the Blood of Christ.

 

The Second Reading

A reading from the first letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
Brothers and sisters:
I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you,
that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over,
took bread, and, after he had given thanks,
broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup,
you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.
The word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

 


The Gospel Acclamation

 

The Gospel

Father Patrick Kennedy

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father.
He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.
The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over.
So, during supper,
fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power
and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
“Master, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later.”
Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him,
“Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.”
Simon Peter said to him,
“Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.”
Jesus said to him,
“Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed,
for he is clean all over;
so you are clean, but not all.”
For he knew who would betray him;
for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”
So when he had washed their feet
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’  and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
The Gospel of the Lord

Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ

 

Homily

Father Patrick Kennedy

Tonight, we enter into the most sacred time of the year. We will keep these three days Holy by pondering the rituals that are as old as religion itself. Sadly, we will not do it together. If there is any consolation for us, we know throughout the globe we are not alone in our isolation. The entire Christian community, isolated as we are, will find ways to stop and ponder the endless supper that has given strength to our faith in good times and bad. It has enkindled hope even in hopeless times. Our remembering the Last Supper can allow the Holy Spirit to touch us by the unconditional love and mercy of God and help us to still be nourished and find meaning in our lives.
On Wednesday, on the first evening of the full moon of Spring, our Jewish brothers and sisters began their celebration of Passover. They too will need to find ways to stay safe and healthy as they find creative ways to share a Seder supper. In that celebration, at some point they raise a cup and proclaim,
“Therefore, it is our duty to thank, laud, glorify, uplift, extol, bless, exult, and adore God Who did all these miracles for our ancestors and for ourselves. God has brought us forth from slavery to freedom, from sorrow to joy, from mourning to festive day, from darkness to great light, from slavery, to redemption.”
Within this context of the Passover supper, Jesus celebrates his last meal with his disciples. But he does not leave it there. Jesus forsakes words and draws upon a more ancient ritual that will be the key that unlocks the disciples understanding to the events of the next three days.
The washing of the feet was a sign of hospitality and a practical necessity in the ancient world. A servant would meet a guest at the door and wash their feet. In becoming that servant, Jesus gives not only an example of humility, but also a command, a mandate to be of service to one another.
But the origins of this ritual have a more profound meaning. The great Jewish elders, (Abraham and Sara, Isaac and Rebecca, Rachel and Jacob) and their clans were nomads who lived in the desert. There the host himself would wash the feet of the guests who had been invited into his tent. This was a gesture of hospitality, to be sure; but it meant much more than a simple welcome. This ritual was taken as a pledge that the guest would be safe here from the dangers of death; safe from wild animals or robbers or any other threats. And it was understood that if necessary, the host would shed his very blood to defend the life of his guest.
Jesus, in washing the feet of his disciple’s feet pledges his own blood so his disciples might live. He says as much when he asks them “now do you understand what I have been teaching you?” I have given you an example so that as I have done, you should also do.
The feast reminds us the washing of the feet and the one bread and one chalice are inseparable. If we share in this holy food, we must share our lives. We are called upon to pledge that our lives will be given for others, not on a cross, but in living our daily lives with and for one another.
As separation from one another is as painful as it probably gets, especially when we want to be together on this Holy night, we still have the ability to be eternally grateful for the Eucharist we have received before and look forward to receiving it again when things get better. The best each of us can do today is renew our pledge to live our lives in humble service of God and neighbor. When this pledge is practiced, regardless of what is happening in real time we know we are striving to follow Jesus’ example and his command to do it in memory of him.

 


The Washing of the Feet

We follow the command of Jesus to wash each other’s feet. Everyone, young and old, are invited to experience this simple and powerful ritual. Remove your shoes and socks and let someone wash and dry your feet. Then you will wash and dry the feet of another. If this is too difficult, physically, try washing each other’s hands.
When finished, be seated and take some time to pray for all those caring for the sick, the dying, the elderly, the young, and those who cannot be with them to help with their care.

 

So Must You Do:

 

Song of the Lords Command:

 


Prayers of the Faithful

Jesus gave us an example of humble service and a command to imitate
him. As we place our trust in you, open our hearts to your presence in our
praying, our singing, and our silence.
For the Church’s diversity of gifts, ministries, and works given by the Holy Spirit:
Help us seek to listen, to help, to serve and to love. May
we be compelled to answer the call to stand up against injustice…

We pray to the Lord

For the faithful servants who serve all people as doctors, nurses, first responders, researchers, and caretakers of the ill and struggling:
May they be safe with renewed energy and hope…

We pray to the Lord

For those who have been preparing to participate in the full Sacramental life of the church:
May they find patience and joy in serving others…

We pray to the Lord

For the homeless who are unable to practice the protocols of social distancing in the shelter system:
May they be protected from disease and provided isolation shelters in every city…

We pray to the Lord

May the sick be healed, the dying be comforted, and the grieving be consoled.
Welcome our beloved dead to share with all the saints the feast of your love and mercy…

We pray to the Lord

 

Loving God have mercy to heal us. You know our needs are great at this time, you know our needs are better than we can put into words. In your mercy, hear our prayers. In your wisdom, grant us those things that will lead us forward to wholeness, love and peace again.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

Ubi Caritas:

 


United with peace-seeking people everywhere, let us sing the prayer Christ himself taught us:

The Lords Prayer:

 

Gracious God,
We pray to be a house of welcome to all people. Watch over all who are sick, anxious, or filled with sorrow; for those who have no homes, or jobs, or are lacking food. We have placed out trust in you and you have not failed us. Replenish our sprits with new hope as we rest secure in your promise of care.
We ask this through Christ the Lord.

Amen

 

Song of the Lords Supper: