Maundy Thursday

On Easter Day, at the climax of our celebrations, St Mary's will be full for a family communion service. There'll be joyous songs and the triumph of resurrection will be proclaimed.

But that's for Sunday.

In the evening of Maundy Thursday, the night before Good Friday on which we recall Christ's crucifixion, we'll also celebrate Holy Communion. Unlike our regular Sunday celebrations, and the special exuberance of Easter Day, we'll see St Mary's in quiet and contemplative mood.

This is the night for recalling that Christ shared in the Passover meal with his friends to celebrate the freedom of his people. He took bread, broke it and gave it to them, saying "This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me".

We'll also recall that he took a towel and washed the feet of his disciples, commanding them to love one another.

And as we sing our last hymn, we'll clear the table and turn out the lights. And we'll go to our homes and prepare for Good Friday.

The Maundy Thursday service at St Mary's begins at 7.30pm.