A 'Last Supper' Tenebrae and Communion Service: Maundy Thursday
This service imagines that we gather together with Jesus and his disciples for this meal. A ‘head table’ should be set up at a prominent spot in the room, with places set for Jesus and his disciples. Arrange ahead of time for 13 people to play those roles. Consistent dress, all black for instance, can help to set their distinctive characters. Jesus and his disciples do not have speaking roles, but they will take turns extinguishing the candles as the service moves along. A lit candle should be set in front of each place at Jesus’ table.
The service itself consists of gospel readings that move towards the night of Jesus’ last supper and arrest. After each reading a candle is extinguished by one of the disciples. Hymns are interspersed at appropriate spots, chosen thematically so as to offer space to reflect on that part of the story.
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