Thursday, March 28, 2013

Morning Prayer Guide - Thursday

Maundy Thursday, March 28, 2013Begin by praying the Collect for Grace and Collect for Purity.

Collect for Grace:
Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us safely to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect for Purity:
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we might perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord..  Amen.

Read: Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; and John 13:1-17, 31b-35

“Love one another!”  Jesus commands us to love each other, and even to wash each others’ feet.  Washing someone’s feet is a sign of humility and servanthood.  It’s not an easy task, especially when we don’t like the person whose feet we are washing.  Jesus’ command to wash feet applies in a figurative sense, too.  By doing things for others that would not otherwise do, we are allowing God’s grace to work through us.

Think about a time when you had the opportunity to wash someone’s feet, either figuratively or literally.  Did you stoop down and wash them, or did you pretend to not notice?  Jesus, in the ultimate foot-washing act, gave his body and blood to wash away our dirty sins.  Take a moment to thank God for that.  The next time God sends you an opportunity to was feet, make the most of it.  You may find the following prayer helpful:
Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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