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Maundy Thursday: Sung Mass, Followed by a Watch at the Altar of Repose


  • All Saints Church Poplar Newby Place London, England, E14 United Kingdom (map)

Tonight we remember the Last Supper - the meal Jesus ate with his disciples before going to the Mount of Olives where he was deserted by his friends and arrested.  At that meal Jesus gave us an example of how we should love and serve each other by washing his disciples’ feet, a job usually done by the least important servant. 

At All Saints we re-enact the foot washing ceremony and we break bread and drink wine as we take Holy Communion and obey Jesus command to love each other and to remember him.

At the end of the service the Blessed Sacrament is carried to the Altar of Repose, which reminds us of the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus spent his last night in prayer before he was betrayed.  The Church is stripped bare and we take it in turns to remain there, watching and praying with Jesus.

The church will stay open all night.