Grace Episcopal Church

Maundy Thursday

 Holy Eucharist

April 6, 2023 | 6PM

1314 Spring Street Saint Helena, CA 94574 (707) 963-4157

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With this service we begin our “Great Three Days” of prayer as Christians, remembering Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, and in the sanctuary his prayer in the garden before his arrest, trial and crucifixion. You are welcome to stay for all or part; we leave  quietly and remain in prayer.


El Amor de Dios es Maravilloso/God’s Love is Wonderful 

God’s love is wonderful

God’s love is wonderful

God’s love is wonderful

God’s love is so big!

So high that I cannot be above it,

So low that I cannot be below it,

So wide that I cannot be outside of it,

God’s love is so big!

Telling the Story of the Last Supper

From Catechesis ofthe Good Shepherd


God is Here

God is here …

A surely as the air I breathe

As surely as the sunrise in the morning

As surely as I love you and you love me.

Jesus is here …

The Spirit is here …

Candle Lighting

A surely as the air I breathe

A woman at each table lights the candles.

Table Blessings

Over Wine

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe. You create the fruit of the vine; and on this night you refresh us with the cup of salvation in the Blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Glory to you for ever and ever. Amen.

Over Bread

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe. You bring forth bread from the earth; and on this night you give us the bread of life in the Body of your Son Jesus Christ. As grain scattered upon the earth is gathered into one loaf, so gather your Church in every place into the kin-dom of your Son. To you be glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.

Over the Other Foods

Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe. You have blessed the earth to bring forth food to satisfy our hunger. Let this food strengthen us in the fast that is before us, that following our Savior in the way of the cross, we may come to the joy of his resurrection. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, now and forever. Amen.



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.

It is right to give God thanks and praise.

It is right for us to praise you, God, because you made us, and the world and everything in it. All the good we see comes from you. You have always loved us, but people have

not always loved you. 

You sent Jesus to show us how to live and to bring us back to you again. He died for us on the cross so that through your Spirit we can all be your people. And so with thanks, we join with the angels to praise you, singing: 

Santo, Santo, Santo. Mi corazón te adora. 

Mi corazón te sabe decir: ‘Santo eres Señor.’

Holy, Holy, Holy. My heart, my heart adores you. 

My heart is glad to say the words: ‘You are Holy, Lord.’

We are here because on the night before he died Jesus shared a

meal with his friends. There he took some bread and gave thanks

to you, God. He broke it into pieces, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body. Do this, and know that I am with you.” 

Later, he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to you. He shared it with them, and said “This is my blood, which brings new life. Do this, and know that I am with you.” 

And so, remembering Jesus, who died, was raised to new life by you, and is alive forever, we are glad to share that life and live in him. 

We proclaim the mystery of our faith:

Christ has died,

Christ is risen,

Christ will come again.

Send your Holy Spirit so that this bread and wine can be for us the

body and blood of Jesus. Send your Holy Spirit upon us also, and through this food give us strength to live as your people. Help us to care for your world and for each other in the way that Jesus showed us. 

Until he comes again, with all your people in every time and every land we worship you in songs of everlasting praise. Blessing, honor and glory be yours, here and everywhere, now and forever. AMEN.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy

kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven

Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not

into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the king-

dom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore, let us keep the feast.

We will share Eucharist around the tables with the bread and wine from our supper, as Jesus did. When the blessed bread comes to you, share it with the person next to you with the words, “The body of Christ.” Share the wine with the words, “The blood of Christ.” Children and adults alike are welcome to share and receive. If you do not wish to receive simply fold your arms across your chest. The table nearest the parking lot will have gluten-free bread.

Song During Communion

Ubi caritas, et amor, ubi caritas, Deus ibi est. /

Where love and charity are, there God is too.

Invitation to Foot Washing

Although not as common in our culture as it was in Jesus’, washing one another’s feet is a tender, reverent, loving act. You are invited to experience it in family, “church family,” or friend groups. Foot washing stations are set up around the Newton Room. Go as a group to one of the stations; one or both feet may be washed, or the hands. You may do it in silence, or with a prayer for the person, or with words of love and blessing. Water will be changed between groups. Clergy are also available to wash feet.

Clearing Up

If you are able, please help clear the tables during the time of singing and foot-washing. Candles may be extinguished, food taken to the kitchen, and any leftover consecrated bread, wine and olive branches kept to be taken into the church. We sing as our work too is praise! Songs below.


When the lights are turned out and we sing “Stay with Me,” we will all leave the Newton Room for the Stripping of the Altar in the church or to go home. Wherever we are, we “watch and pray” with Jesus this night. 

Songs During Foot-Washing and Table-Clearing

Song #1

The Servant Song

Won’t you let me be your servant, Let me be as Christ to you

Pray that I might have the grace to let you be my servant too.

We are pilgrims on a journey, We are travelers on the road;

We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.

I will weep when you are weeping, When you laugh I’ll laugh with you; I will share your joy and sorrow till we’ve seen this journey through. Won’t you let me be your servant, Let me be as Christ to you Pray that I might have the grace to let you be my servant too.

Song #2

Cristo te necesita para amar / Christ Needs You To Love

Christ needs you to love, to love

Christ needs you to love (2).

Do not care about the races or the color of the skin

love everyone as brothers and do good (2).

Give love to the one who suffers and the sad one give love

to the humble and the poor give love (2).

Do not care about the races or the color of the skin

love everyone as brothers and do good (2).

To the one who lives next to you give him love, give him love

to the one who comes from afar, give him love (2).

Do not care about the races or the color of the skin

love everyone as brothers and do good (2).

To the speaker of another language give love, give love

He who thinks differently gives love (2).

Do not care about the races or the color of the skin

love everyone as brothers and do good (2).

Song #3

The Lord is My Light

The Lord is my light, my light and salvation, 

in God I trust, in God I trust.

Song #4

Nada te turbe / Nothing Can Trouble

Nothing can trouble, nothing can frighten, 

those who seek God shall never go wanting. 

Nothing can trouble, nothing can frighten, 

God alone is enough.

Song #5

Stay with Us

Stay with us, O Lord Jesus Christ, night will soon fall.

Then stay with us, O Lord Jesus Christ, light in our darkness.

Song #6

Oyenos Senor / Listen to Your People

Oyenos Senor, oyenos Senor, 

listen to your people, 

oyenos Senor.

Song #7

Wait for the Lord

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near.

Wait for the Lord, be strong, take heart.

Song #8

De noche iremos / We Go By Night

We go by night, by night. To find the Source.

Only the thirst lights our way, only the thirst lights our way.

Procession to the Sanctuary

Stay With Me

Stay with me, remain here with me, 

watch and pray, watch and pray.

Readings During the Stripping of the Altar

Matthew 26:30-46

When they had sung the hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ “But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.” Peter said to him, “Even if all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all the disciples.

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, yet not what I want but what you want.” Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again he went away for the second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Now the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. Look, my betrayer is at hand.”

Psalm 22

1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? * 

and are so far from my cry 

and from the words of my distress?

2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; * 

by night as well, but I find no rest.

3 Yet you are the Holy One, * 

enthroned upon the praises of Israel.

4 Our forefathers put their trust in you; * 

they trusted, and you delivered them.

5 They cried out to you and were delivered; * 

they trusted in you and were not put to shame.

6 But as for me, I am a worm and no man,* 

scorned by all and despised by the people.

7 All who see me laugh me to scorn;* 

they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying,

8 “He trusted in the LORD; let him deliver him; * 

let him rescue him, if he delights in him. 11

9 Yet you are he who took me out of the womb, * 

and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast.

10 I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; * 

you were my God when I was still in 

my mother’s womb.

11 Be not far from me, for trouble is near, * 

and there is none to help.

12 Many young bulls encircle me; * 

strong bulls of Bashan surround me.

13 They open wide their jaws at me, * 

like a ravening and a roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water; 

all my bones are out of joint; * 

my heart within my breast is melting wax.

15 My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; 

my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; * 

and you have laid me in the dust of the grave.

16 Packs of dogs close me in, 

and gangs of evildoers circle around me; * 

they pierce my hands and my feet; 

I can count all my bones.

17 They stare and gloat over me; * 

they divide my garments among them; 

they cast lots for my clothing.

18 Be not far away, O LORD;* 

you are my strength; hasten to help me.

19 Save me from the sword, * 

my life from the power of the dog.

20 Save me from the lion’s mouth,* 

my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls.

21 I will declare your Name to my brethren; * 

in the midst of the congregation I will praise you.

22 Praise the LORD, you that fear him; *

stand in awe of him, O offspring of Israel; 

all you of Jacob’s line, give glory.

23 For he does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; 

neither does he hide his face from them; * 

but when they cry to him he hears them.

24 My praise is of him in the great assembly; * 

I will perform my vows in the presence of those who 

worship him.

25 The poor shall eat and be satisfied, 

and those who seek the LORD shall praise him: * 

“May your heait live for ever!”

26 All the ends of the ea1th shall remember 

and turn to the LORD, 

and all the families of the nations bow before him.

27 For kingship belongs to the LORD; * 

he rules over the nations.

28 To him alone all who sleep in the earth 

bow down in worship; * 

all who go down to the dust fall before him.

29 My soul shall live for him; 

my descendants shall serve him; * 

they shall be known as the LORD’S for ever.

30 They shall come and make known to a people 

the saving dees that He has done.

31 and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn, 

saying that he has done it.