Note: As a personal, spiritual discipline, reviving my practice in the Lenten season of 2017, I revise the prayers I wrote then for each of the forty days of this Lent; each petition focusing on a theme, a concern weighing on my mind and heart or a care of my soul and spirit.
On Maundy Thursday (being a meditation on John 6.55-56)…
O Jesus, on this Maundy Thursday, recalling Your words, “My flesh is true food and My blood is true drink,” I reverence Your institution of Your Supper, the Sacrament of the sacrifice of Your Body and Blood.
In these days, besieged by the present threat of a crowning virus, Your Body, Your Church, unable to come together, cannot share in the breaking of Your bread and the partaking of Your cup.
Mindful, especially with the passing of each Sunday Sabbath day, of this our sacrifice, I hunger, I thirst to feast again with my sisters and brothers in community on the sacramental Feast that is, Who is You; that I, that we may be renewed in Your promise that “those who eat My flesh and drink My Blood abide in Me, and I in them.”
Illustration: The Last Supper (1886-1894), James Tissot (1836-1902)