Holy Thursday

Celebrating this Meal Together @Home

Follow along for celebrating Holy Thursday @Home.

This page has the text that will be used for the [LIVE] Streamed service on Holy Thursday @ NOON & 6:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

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“The Table”
painting by Crossroads Church & Ministries Prayer Pastor Helen Glover


( take turns reading if you are with others)

*Lord Jesus Christ, You welcome us
to Your table as You welcomed Your disciples, giving thanks, sharing bread and wine saying,
“This is My Body,This is My Blood.”

*Merciful Christ, we celebrate that children of all ages when playing,learning and serving are fully alive saying,
“This is my body this is my blood.”

Beloved Jesus, Lord of the Meal, I rejoice
that a mother and a father, laboring for their family, begin and end each day’s work saying,
“This is my body, this is my blood.”

An adult child nursing a sick elderly parent with compassion and patient care says,
”This is my body, this is my blood.”

A volunteer giving time to a needy cause
without thanks or acknowledgment says,
“This is my body, this is my blood.”

A preacher, with prayerful study,
preparing a homily that no one may remember or be moved by, says,
“This is my body, this is my blood.”

A singer forgetting self and the
audience, making love out of the
music, says,“This is my body, this is
my blood.”

Artist or teacher, dancer or doctor,
auto mechanic or office worker
attending to each detail of their work
with full-hearted involvement, proclaim,
“This is my body, this is my blood.”

Ten thousand thousand consecrations occur daily, as all heaven’s angels chime in, “Holy, holy, holy,” to the thunderous praise of a thousand silent silver bells.
Listen. Listen.

Source: Edward Hays in Psalms for Zero Gravity: Prayers for Life’s Emigrants
*added by ©CrossroadsSoulResources

3 minutes in Silence

Silent Reflection:

  • How do I see Christ at this table? Is it comforting or disturbing?
  • Who am I at the table?
  • Who is missing from the table?

Communion Liturgy

A Reading from the Gospel of Mark:

12 On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb is sacrificed, his disciples said to him, “Where do you want us to go and make the preparations for you to eat the Passover?” 13 So he sent two of his disciples, saying to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks, Where is my guest room where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” 16 So the disciples set out and went to the city, and found everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.

17 When it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18 And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, “Surely, not I?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread[a] into the bowl[b] with me. 21 For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.”

-Mark 14:12-26 NRSV


The Lord Jesus on the night when He was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said,
“This is My body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.”

ALL: Jesus, We remember you

(take the bread and eat)

In the same way He took the cup also, after supper, saying,
“This cup is the new covenant in My blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

ALL: Jesus, We remember you

(take the cup and drink)

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
(1 Corinthians 11:23-26)



When we eat this Bread And drink this Cup
We proclaim your death
O Lord until you come again O Lord until you come again O Lord until you come again


When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. (Mark 14:26)

Leave in silence.

Stay in silence and reflection as long as you can.