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The Last Supper
Maundy Thursday is the day when we remember the Last Supper that Jesus shared with his disciples. The word Maundy is derived from Mandatum meaning commandment, and at our 8 pm Team service we celebrate the new commandment to love one another. This is the basis of our weekly Sunday worship. We hear how our Lord broke bread and poured wine and commanded us to ‘do this in remembrance of me’. The service also contains the symbolic foot washing, open to all who wish to take part, reminding us that Christ came as our servant.
After the service is finished (about 9.15 pm) the church is stripped of all of its ornaments. This is a symbolic reminder that having been betrayed, Jesus was abandoned by his disciples. Even Peter denied him three times. Do we have the courage to remain with our Lord? There is an opportunity to remain in the empty church in silent prayer until midnight, watching and waiting. Come for whatever time you can manage - even if it is only half an hour, it is still a sign of faith, of walking with Christ, a time when we can ‘Be still and know that I am Lord.” We strip all of our churches at some point on Maunday Thursday but only Tring is kept open for the Vigil watch.
10 am TRING
Holy Communion BCP for Maundy Thursday
8 pm TRING MAIN TEAM SERVICE FOR MAUNDY THURSDAY
Team Communion with foot washing with Address for Holy Week
9.15 pm TRING
Stripping altars and vigil until midnight