Maundy Thursday: Activity Option 2

Reading of the Last Supper.

Opening Prayer
Gather your companions on a video communication platform. One person is appointed as leader to lead the group in the activity. The leader will start by asking how everyone is i.e. how do they feel right now, one blessing from the week, one challenge from the week. Then the leader will open with a prayer.


Reading
Take turns to read the passage slowly from Matthew 26:17-30 in Annex B. As someone is reading, try to picture yourself in the scene. Note that there are moments where you’ll be asked to pause and reflect. This pause will give you time for the words to sink in. 

Reflection
Reflect on the following questions. These questions will guide your sharing.

  • Recall the different characters in the passage. Who were they and what were they interested in?
  • What struck out most to you in the passage? Why?
  • Were there occasions in this time of crisis where I’ve also said ‘Surely not, I?’
  • What are you invited or inspired to do personally in the next few days leading to Easter Sunday?

Meal & Sharing
Begin your meal with grace. During the meal, each person will take turns to share their responses to the reflection. There is no need to share each question in order or any specific responses. Think of it as a conversation. The spirit of the sharing is to share about what’s most important. The leader should remind each person to refrain from eating but instead listen to each person during they’re sharing.

Thanksgiving & Closing Prayer
The leader will check-out the group by asking them what they are grateful for. The leader may also take a screenshot of the video page. Then the leader will end with a closing prayer.


Personal Reflection
Whatis one word that describes your takeaway from this activity today? Each person should note this word. Share the word on social media, and don’t forget to hashtag

  • Prayer Writing. After consolidating your reflection, write a short prayer of desire. A prayer of desire begins with “Jesus, I desire…”. In this prayer, you’re invited to write where you desire to be on this Triduum and what you desire from Him. Maybe you desire to be with Jesus when He carries His cross and more patience to carry your own cross in this time.

After you have written your prayer, fold it and place it at the foot of the cross at your prayer space. This symbolises uniting your desire with His as He waits in the silence of the night.

Thanksgiving & Closing Prayer
After you have completed the activity, thank God for this time of prayer. 

At the end of each option, cover up your altar space for Good Friday. 

END. As the night draws to a close, Jesus is arrested and hauled to trial. The disciples said they were not going to leave His side. Where are you going to be? Let this be our question as we quickly approach Good Friday. You may reflect and pray on it at your own time. Here are some guiding questions.

What image, memory, feeling comes to mind from the word of the day? If so, why?

 

 

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