Maundy Thursday Video Service

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Maundy Thursday, occurring on the eve of our Lord’s crucifixion, begins the celebration of the holy three days of Christ’s Passover.  This is commonly known as the Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday). The service on this day completes the Lenten period of preparation for Christ’s Passion and Resurrection and leads into His sacrifice on our behalf. As such, the service, like that for Good Friday, exhibits a mood of restrained joy. The service for Maundy Thursday consists of four parts:

1) the Service of Corporate Confession and Absolution;

2) the Service of the Word;

3) the Service of the Sacrament; and

4) the Stripping of the Altar.

The Service of Corporate Confession and Absolution signals the end of the Lenten preparations with the absolution and peace of Christ that stand at the center of the Three Days. The Service of the Word focuses upon Christ’s sacrificial service demonstrated by His washing of the disciples’ feet.  A servanthood enacted on the cross and whose benefits are bestowed in His means of grace. The service culminates with the Lord’s ministry to His people through the Sacrament of the Altar.

The depth of Christ’s servanthood is demonstrated as the altar is reverently stripped in preparation for the Church’s observance of Jesus’ death on Good Friday. On Maundy Thursday, the Church begins the journey through the three days of Christ’s Passover from death to life and from captivity to freedom.

Join us this week for our Good Friday Service and Easter Sunday service as well.