Maundy Thursday 28 March 6.30 – 10pm
This service includes the opportunity to have your feet washed, following the example of Jesus and the disciples at the Last Supper
This service includes the opportunity to have your feet washed, following the example of Jesus and the disciples at the Last Supper. During the service, a procession moves out of the church into the garden to echo the gospel accounts of Jesus’s journey from the Last Supper to the Garden of Gethsemane. Back in the church, silent meditation until 10pm will be held around a symbolic Garden of Gethsemane. Please come and go quietly as you wish during this time.
The altar is stripped at the end of the Maundy Thursday service, candles are put out at 10pm, and no flame appears in services until the Easter fire on Easter Day. The aumbry or tabernacle (the cabinet in the wall in the side chapel where consecrated wafers are held) is emptied and all altar cloths are removed as a sign of grief and lament, at the events surrounding the death of Jesus of Nazareth and also at the continuing oppression, violence and torture in the world today.