Readings for Holy Thursday: 4/14

Thursday, April 14, 2021
Confession, Forgiveness and Reconciliation 

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen 

Confession and Forgiveness 

Siblings in Christ, in this Lenten season we have heard our Lord’s call to struggle against sin, death, and the devil—all that keeps us from loving God and each other. This is the struggle to which we were called at baptism. 

Within the community of the church, God never wearies of forgiving sin and giving the peace of reconciliation. On this night let us confess our sin against God and our neighbor; and enter the celebration of the great Three Days reconciled with God and with one another.

Silence for reflection and self-examination. 

Most merciful God, 

we confess that we are captive to sin 

and cannot free ourselves. 

We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, 

by what we have done and by what we have left undone. 

We have not loved you with our whole heart; 

we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. 

For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, 

have mercy on us. 

Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, 

so that we may delight in your will 

and walk in your ways, 

to the glory of your holy name. Amen. 


God, who is rich in mercy, loved us 

even when we were dead in sin, 

and made us alive together with Christ. 

By grace you have been saved. 

In the name of  Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven. 

Almighty God strengthen you with power 

through the Holy Spirit, 

that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.  Amen. 

If you are with others, other one another a sign of peace. 

Prayer of the Day 

Let us pray. 

Holy God, source of all love, on the night of his betrayal, Jesus gave us a new commandment, to love one another as he loves us. Write this commandment in our hearts, and give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen 

Prayer of the Day (Alternate) 

Eternal God, in the sharing of a meal your Son established a new covenant for all people, and in the washing of feet he showed us the dignity of service. Grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit these signs of our life in faith may speak again to our hearts, feed our spirits, and refresh our bodies, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 



I give you a new commandment, that you love one another just as I have loved you. 

THE HOLY GOSPEL:  Saint John 13: 1-17, 31b-35 

Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered, “You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you.” For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you?  You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them.”

“Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.  Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” 


In the power of the Spirit let us pray to God through Christ the Savior of the world. 

Father, on this day in he was betrayed, 

your Son Jesus Christ washed his disciples’ feet. 

We commit ourselves to follow his example of love and service. 

Lord, hear us 

and humble us. 

On this day, Jesus prayed for his disciples to be one. 

We pray for the unity of your Church and particularly 

  • for the churches and peoples of Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland;  
  • for our full communion partners in the Episcopal, Moravian, Presbyterian, Reformed, United Church of Christ and United Methodist Church; 
  • for the Roman Catholic and Orthodox communions; and 
  • for the Lutheran communion throughout the world. 

Lord, hear us  and unite us. 

On this night, Jesus prayed for those who were to believe through his disciples’ message. 

We pray for the mission of your Church, especially as we look forward to the renewal of in-person worship and the Church’s public works of justice, advocacy and care. 

Lord, hear us and renew our zeal. 

On this night, Jesus commanded his disciples to love, but suffered rejection himself. 

We pray for the rejected and unloved. 

  • For all who suffer in any way whether lonely, sick in mind body or spirit, recovering from illness, estranged from family and friends, or feeling forgotten, 

Lord, hear us and fill us with your love. 

On this night, Jesus reminded his disciples that if the world hated them it hated him first. 

We pray for those who are persecuted for their faith, especially Coptic and Syrian Orthodox Christians. 

Lord, hear us and give us your peace. 

On this night, Jesus accepted the cup of death and looked forward to the new wine of the kingdom. 

We remember all who have died in the peace of Christ: 

  • Those who have suffered and died alone this past thirteen months; 
  • The loved ones we remember in silence – 
  • Those whom the Church commemorates this week – Benedict the African, confessor; Albrecht Dürer, Matthias Grünewald and Lucas Cranach, artists; Dietrich Bonhoeffer, pastor and martyr; Mikael Agricola, Bishop and those others we name. 

Lord, hear us and welcome all your children into paradise. 

Into your hands we commend ourselves and all for whom we pray, trusting in your compassion and love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen