Prayer & Reading for Maundy Thursday


Briefly meditate on the following to prepare for prayer.

But the LORD is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him. —Habakkuk 2:20


(Take a few moments to prayerfully confess your sins and acknowledge your need for God’s grace and forgiveness.) 

Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against your holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare those who confess their faults, restore those who are repentant, according to your promises declared to mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of your holy Name. Amen.

(End by acknowledging God’s mercy and realizing that  He has forgiven your sins in Christ Jesus.)

May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, through Jesus Christ our Lord, and strengthen us to live in the power of the Holy Spirit, all our days. Amen. 


(Move to a time of praise by praying the Invitation and then the Gloria.)

O God, make speed to save us. O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.


O gracious Light, pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven, O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed! We sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. You are worthy at all times to be praised by joyful voices, O Son of God, O Giver of life, and to be glorified through all the worlds.

PSALM 118:1-2, 14-24 (ERV- Easy To Read Version)

Praise the Lord because he is good! His faithful love will last forever!

2 Israel, say it: “His faithful love will last forever!”

14 The Lord is my strength and my reason for singing. He saved me!

15 You can hear the victory celebration in the homes of those who live right.

    The Lord has shown his great power again!

16 The Lord’s arm is raised in victory. The Lord has shown his great power again.

17 I will live and not die, and I will tell what the Lord has done.

18 The Lord punished me, but he did not let me die.

19 Gates of goodness, open for me, and I will come in and worship the Lord.

20 Those are the Lord’s gates, and only his people can go through them.

21 Lord, I thank you for answering my prayer. I thank you for saving me.

22 The stone that the builders rejected became the cornerstone.

23 The Lord made this happen, and we think it is wonderful!

24 This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be happy today!


Matthew 27:45-50

45 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46 About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).

47 When some of those standing there heard this, they said, “He’s calling Elijah.”

48 Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49 The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.”

50 And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.


(Acknowledge some of the universal truths of the Christian faith.)

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


(Pray S-L-O-W-L-Y. Take your time & consider each line as you pray.)

Our Father in Heaven, 

holy is Your name,

Your Kingdom come,

Your will be done,                                                                                  

On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, forever. Amen!


(Use the following intercessory prayer to help you focus on specific concerns.)

Show us Your mercy, O Lord; And grant us Your salvation. Clothe Your servants with Your righteousness. Let Your people sing with joy. Give peace, O Lord, in all the world. For only in You can we live in safety. Lord, keep this nation under Your care. And guide us in the way of justice and truth. Let Your way be known upon earth; Your saving health among all nations. Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten; Nor the hope of the poor be taken away. Create in us clean hearts, O God; And sustain us with Your Holy Spirit.

(Take time to pray for yourself & others. Let the Spirit lead & guide you as you pray.)

Suggested prayer topics:

The worldwide Bride of Christ, our brothers & sisters.

The mission of the Body of Christ

The Nation & all in authority

The welfare of the world


Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this moment: 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.


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

—2 Corinthians 13:14