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Maundy Thursday 7 pm – in person service suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions

April 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Due to COVID-19 restrictions all in person services have been suspended. 

Maundy Thursday Service 2020


Candles, along with a central Christ candle, are lit before the service begins; then one is extinguished at the conclusion of each section.




Leader: God is light, in whom there is no darkness at all.

All: Jesus Christ is the light of the world.


Leader: And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world,

All: and we loved darkness rather than light.




Jesus Washes His Followers’ Feet


It was almost time for the Jewish Passover Feast. Jesus knew that it was time for him to leave this world and go back to the Father.


Jesus and his followers were at the evening meal. During the meal Jesus stood up and took off his outer clothing. Taking a towel, he wrapped it around his waist. Then he poured water into a bowl and began to wash the followers’ feet. He dried them with the towel that was wrapped around him.


Jesus came to Simon Peter. But Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”


Jesus answered, “You don’t understand what I am doing now. But you will understand later.”


Peter said, “No! You will never wash my feet.”


Jesus answered, “If I don’t wash your feet, then you are not one of my people.”


Simon Peter answered, “Lord, after you wash my feet, wash my hands and my head, too!”


Jesus said, “After a person has had a bath, his whole body is clean. He needs only to wash his feet.


When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and sat down again. Jesus asked, “Do you understand what I have just done for you? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord.’ And this is right, because that is what I am. I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. So you also should wash each other’s feet. I did this as an example for you. So you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth. A servant is not greater than his master. A messenger is not greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you will be happy if you do them.


A Candle is extinguished.




Footwashing occurs in imitation of Jesus’ actions and as a response to his new commandment to love one another. Careful advance planning and advance notice to the people are essential. It may be suggested that participants come without socks or hose and that persons are welcome to observe rather than participate. Representatives of the people or those volunteering to participate may come forward to the place(s) where chairs, a basin and pitcher of water, and towels have been placed. Mutual footwashing among pastor(s) and laypersons should be clearly visible, yet not overly dramatic. Love and care for one another may be expressed in the gestures. During the footwashing the congregation or choir may sing, or the footwashing may be done in silence.


Jesus predicts his Betrayal


Jesus was very troubled. He said, “I tell you the truth. One of you will turn against me.”


The followers all looked at each other. They did not know whom Jesus was talking about. One of the followers was sitting next to Jesus and leaned closer to Jesus and asked, “Lord, who is it that will turn against you?”


Jesus answered, “I will dip this bread into the dish. The man I give it to is the man who will turn against me.” So Jesus took a piece of bread. He dipped it and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

Jesus said to Judas, “The thing that you will do—do it quickly!”

Judas accepted the bread Jesus gave him and immediately went out. It was night.


A Candle is extinguished.




Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial


Simon Peter asked Jesus, “Lord, where are you going?”


Jesus answered, “Where I am going you cannot follow now. But you will follow later.”


Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I am ready to die for you!”


Jesus answered, “Will you really die for me? I tell you the truth. Before the rooster crows, you will say three times that you don’t know me.”


A Candle is extinguished.





The darkness deepens, and the Lord grows troubled. Can we watch with Him? Can we be the friends at His table who share His bread and wine? Can we be the companions who journey with Him to the end? Come, let us worship, let us watch, and let us give thanks for such great love. Let us pray


Lord Jesus,

We are stunned at Your passion and Your commitment toward us.

You did not run from the darkness,

You did not hide from Your accusers,

You did not fade into safe obscurity.

You stepped with determination into the darkness,

Willingly giving Yourself to whip and fist, to wood and nails.

We praise You, Gracious Lord,

for what You were prepared to endure to reconcile us with God.

We praise You, Gracious Lord,

for Your words of forgiveness, and the invitation to paradise.

Forgive us that allow ourselves to become too familiar with this story.

That we take Your suffering too lightly, and receive Your grace too cheaply.

As we watch with You, while the darkness encroaches,

Let us remember what this journey means,

and count again the cost of love. Amen.

Let us say together the words of the betrayed Jesus,


The Lord’s Prayer



When the time arrived for Jesus to be lifted up; when all had been prepared, and He shared His last meal with His friends, the Lord, took the loaf, blessed it, broke it, and gave it to the disciples.

When you eat the bread, remember Me. This is my body broken for you.

When the meal was finished, the Lord took the cup, blessed it, and gave it to the disciples.

When you drink the wine, remember Me. This is my blood shed for you.

Now, as we gather at this table, we eat bread; we drink wine; and we remember the One Who died to bring us life. And we will keep sharing this meal until He returns.


Communion is shared.


Prayer after the meal:



We thank You, Lord for giving us this sacred meal, for giving us Your Presence

and Your life, and for reminding us of Your everlasting grace, which will be celebrated for all eternity. Amen.


Jesus is Betrayed

Jesus… went forth with his disciples across the Kidron valley,
where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered.
Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place;
for Jesus often met there with his disciples.
So Judas, procuring a band of soldiers
and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees,
went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.
Then Jesus, knowing all that was to befall him,
came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”
They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus said to them, “I am he.”
Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.
When he said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.
Again he asked them, “Whom do you seek?”
And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he;
so, if you seek me, let these men go.”
This was to fulfill the word which he had spoken,
“I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me.”
Then Simon Peter, having a sword,
drew it and struck the high priest’s slave and cut off his right ear.
The slave’s name was Malchus.
Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath;
shall I not drink the cup which the Father has given me?”

A Candle is extinguished.



Jesus Before the High Priests:

So the band of soldiers and their captain
and the officers of the Judean authorities seized Jesus and bound him.
First they led him to Annas;
for he was the father–in–law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year.
It was Caiaphas who had given counsel to the religious authorities
that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.

The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching.
Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world;
I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple,
where all Jewish people come together;
I have said nothing secretly. Why do you ask me?
Ask those who have heard me, what I said to them;
they know what I said.”
When he had said this,
one of the officers standing by struck Jesus with his hand, saying,
“Is that how you answer the high priest?”
Jesus answered him,
“If I have spoken wrongly, bear witness to the wrong;
but if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?”
Annas then sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

A Candle is extinguished.




Peter Denies Jesus


Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple.
As this disciple was known to the high priest,
he entered the court of the high priest along with Jesus,
while Peter stood outside at the door.
So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest,
went out and spoke to the woman who guarded the gate,
and brought Peter in.
The woman who guarded the gate said to Peter,
“Are not you also one of this man’s disciples?”
He said, “I am not.”
Now the servants and officers had made a charcoal fire,
because it was cold,
and they were standing and warming themselves;
Peter also was with them, standing and warming himself.

They said to him, “Are not you also one of his disciples?”
He denied it and said, “I am not.”
One of the servants of the high priest,
a kinsman of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked,
“Did I not see you in the garden with him?”
Peter again denied it; and at once the cock crowed.

A Candle is extinguished.



Jesus Before Pilate

Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters.
It was early.
They themselves did not enter the headquarters,
so that they might not be defiled, but might eat the Passover.
So Pilate went out to them and said,
“What accusation do you bring against this man?”
They answered him,
“If this man were not an evildoer,
we would not have handed him over.”
Pilate said to them,
“Take him yourselves and judge him by your own law.”
The religious authorities said to him,
“It is not lawful for us to put any man to death.”
This was to fulfill the word which Jesus had spoken
to show by what death he was to die.

Pilate entered the headquarters again and called Jesus, and said to him,
“Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord,
or did others say it to you about me?”
Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew?
Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me;
what have you done?”
Jesus answered, “My kingship is not of this world;
if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight,
that I might not be handed over to the religious authorities;
but my kingship is not from the world.”
Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?”
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king.
For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world,
to bear witness to the truth.
Every one who is of the truth hears my voice.”
Pilate said to him, “What is truth?”

After Pilate had said this,
he went to the religious authorities again, and told them,
“I find no crime in him.
But you have a custom
that I should release one man for you at the Passover;
will you have me release for you the King of the Jews?”
They cried out again, “Not this man, but Barabbas!”
Now Barabbas was a robber.

A Candle is extinguished.






[STRIPPING OF THE CHURCH] The ancient practice of stripping the Lord’s table and sanctuary following communion is a vivid and dramatic way of showing the desolation and abandonment of the long night in Gethsemane and what followed. Designated persons pick up the cloths on the Lord’s table and the pulpit and other hangings, banners, candlesticks, and decorations and quietly carry them from the sanctuary. This may be done in silence, or Psalm 22 may be used. The church then remains bare until the Easter Vigil.




Go in peace. May Jesus Christ,            who for our sake became obedient unto death, even death on a cross, keep you and strengthen you this night and forever. Amen.




April 9
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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St. Giles Presbyterian Church


St. Giles Presbyterian Church
205 Linwell Road
St. Catharines, Ontario L2N1S1 Canada
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