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Order of Service - 9 April 2020

Following new guidance by the Diocese, live-streaming from the Church is at the moment not allowed. Prayers, readings and reflections are available below:

MAUNDY THURSDAY 9 April

All have sinned and are far away from God’s saving presence, but by the free gift of God’s grace they are all redeemed through Christ Jesus, who sets them free. God offered Christ so that by his death he should become the means by which our sins are forgiven, through faith in him. There is the Lamb of God; it is he who takes away the sins of the world.

Melito of Sardis

The prophets announced many wonderful things about the Passover mystery which is Christ. To him be glory forever.

He descended from heaven to earth for the sake of suffering humanity, clothed himself with a human nature through the Virgin Mary, and appearing in our midst as a man with body capable if suffering, took upon himself the suffering of those who suffered. By his Spirit which could not die, he slew death. Led forth like a lamb, slain like a sheep, he ransomed Israel from the land of Egypt. He freed us from the slavery of the devil, just as he had freed Israel from the hand of Pharaoh; and he has marked our souls with the signs of his own blood. He has clothed death with dishonour and he has grieved the devil, just as Moses dishonoured and grieved Pharaoh. He has punished wickedness and taken away the children of injustice, just as Moses punished Egypt and unshielded it. He has brought us from slavery to freedom, from darkness to light, from death to life, from tyranny to an eternal kingdom.

He is the Passover of our salvation. He was present in many so as to endure many things. In Abel he was slain; in Isaac bound; in Jacob a stranger; in Joseph sold; in Moses exposed; in David persecuted; in the prophets dishonoured. He became incarnate of the Virgin. Not a bone of his was broken on the tree. He was buried in the earth, but he rose from the dead, and was lifted up to the heights of heaven. He is the silent lamb, the slain lamb, who was born of Mary the fair ewe. He was seized from the flock and dragged away to slaughter. Towards evening he was sacrificed, and at night he was buried. But he who had no bone broken upon the cross, was not corrupted in the earth, for he rose from the dead and raised up from the depths of the grave.