Maundy Thursday Taize

Welcome to our online Taize service of sung, spoken and silent prayer for Maundy Thursday.  Download a full Order of Service of words and music here  or follow the outline below. 

Click on the triangle below to listen to the audio file.


Welcome and Introduction

Meditative Singing

Come and Fill 

Come and fill our hearts with your peace
You alone O Lord are holy
Come and fill our hearts with your peace

Our Darkness

Our darkness is never darkness in your sight
The deepest night is clear as the daylight

Opening Prayer
We will remember the soothing (Wild Goose Resource Group)

Lord as we come before you this evening,
on a night different to all the others.
we will remember the soothing,
and not forget the jarring.
We will remember the sweetness,
and not forget the sour.

We will remember
the passion of love,
the smell of perfume,
the pain of rejection,
the stench of blood money.

We will remember the jagged desperateness of Judas,
and own it is our story, too.
And to help us on the journey,
to help us hold the tensions,
to help us face both the delight and the difficulty,
We will say, ‘yes’
to Your generosity in creation,
We will say, ‘yes’
to Your justice in Jesus. Amen.

Psalm 46 Interpretation by Nan Merrill
Alleluia Sung Response

Alleluia, alleluia alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Beloved is our strength and our strength,
a Loving Presence in times of trouble,
therefore we need not fear
though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

Alleluia, alleluia alleluia

There is a river whose streams
make glad the Holy City
the holy habitation of the Most High.
The Beloved is in the midst of it,
it shall not be moved.
Our loving Creator is an ever-present help.

Alleluia, alleluia alleluia

Come and behold the works of the Beloved,
how love does reign even in humanity’s desolation.
For the Beloved yearns for wars to cease,
shining light into fearful hearts; loving
even those who oppress the weak, refining hearts of steel.

Alleluia, alleluia alleluia

“Be still and know that I am God.
Awaken! Befriend justice and mercy.
Do you not know you bear my Love?
Who among you will respond?”
O Blessed One, you know all hearts,
you are ever with us.
May Love ever guide our lives.

Alleluia, alleluia alleluia
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

In God Alone (sung in English)

In God alone my soul can find rest and peace
In God my peace and joy
Only in God my soul can find its rest
Find its rest and peace

Reading: John 13:1-17

Time of Silence

“In silence, we often say we can hear ourselves think, but it is truer to say that in silence we can hear ourselves not think, and so sink below ourselves into a place far deeper than mere thought allows. In silence, we might better say, we can hear someone else think.”
Pico Iyer

Cello: Fisherman’s song for attracting the Seals

O Lord Hear My Prayer

O Lord hear my prayer
O Lord hear my prayer
When I call
Answer me

O Lord hear my prayer
O lord hear my prayer
Come and listen to me

The Lord is my song
The Lord is my praise
All my hope
Comes from God

The Lord is my song
The Lord is my praise
The wellspring of Life

Within Our Darkest Night

Within our darkest night
You kindle the fire that never dies away
Never dies away

Within our darkest night
You kindle the fire that never dies away
Never dies away

Poem: Directions for Using a Towel Ann Weems

Stay With Us 

Stay with us O Lord Jesus Christ
Night will soon fall
The stay with us O Lord Jesus Christ
Light in our darkness

Live in Charity (sung in Latin, then English)  Ubi Caritas

Ubi caritas et amor
Ubi caritas Deus ibi iest

Live in charity and steadfast love
Live in charity
God will dwell with you


Singers: Drew Crichton and Caitlin McGillivray
Reader: Mary Godden
Cellist: Joanna Stark
Director of Music: Brigitte Harris
Minister: Rosie Magee
Service edited and produced by Andrew Carvel


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