Hymn suggestions for Holy / Manudy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper, Years A, B and C

A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for Holy Thursday / Maundy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper - which is the first ceremony in the Easter Triduum.

Most are  free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free), meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing. Many of these hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles / genres are included.

A small selection of hymns that are still copyright but are particularly suitable for the day are also included.


Seasonal note

This liturgy rememebers Jesus' Last Supper, washing the disciples feet and the institution of the Eucharist.   It is also the first ceremony in the three-day Easter Triduum, which includes Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.


Readings

First: Exodus - The Lord's instructions to Moses and Aaron about the Passover meal.

Psalm: 115 - The blessing cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ / How can I repay the Lord / Precious in the eyes of the Lord / A thanksgiving sacrifice I make

Second: I Corinthians -The first Eucharist ... every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death.

Gospel: John - Jesus washes the disciples feet at the Passover supper.


Themes

Eucharist, service, self-sacrifice.


Suggested free-use hymns

A New Commandment

Christ is made the Sure Foundation

Come Let's Share in the Banquet of the Lord

Go Down Moses (When Israel was in Egypt's land)

Let us Break Bread Together

My God and is Thy Table Spread

O Bread of Life from Heaven

O Cross of Christ, Immortal Tree

O Thou who at Thy Eucharist Did Pray
(The author died in in 1938 - still copyright in some countries)

Of the Glorious Body Telling

Pange Lingua Gloriosi

Praise to the Holiest in the Height

Sing my Tongue the Glorious Battle

Sweet Sacrament Divine 

Tantum Ergo Sacramentum

The Heavenly Word Proceeding Forth

Thou who at that First Eucharist

What Wondrous Love is This



Hymns that are (or may be) still copyright

An Upper Room did our Lord Prepare - Pratt-Green

Broken for Me - Lunt

Eat this Bread - Taizé

God and Man at Table / O Welcome all Ye Noble Saints - Stamps

I am the Bread of Life - Toolan

In Love for Me - Owens / Lundy

Let me Wash Your Feet - Andersen

Meekness and Majesty

See the Holy Table - Forster

Servant Song - Gillard

The Glory of the Cross we Sing - Ainslie

The Lord Jesus - Norbet

The Night Before Our Saviour Died - Lundy

The Time was Early Evening - Bell / Maule

Unless a Grain of Wheat Shall Fall - Farrell

We Should Glory in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Rees



Suggestions about hymns that could be included are welcome: leave a comment below.


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