Hymns for Manudy Thursday / Holy 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.


First: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 - 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 11:23-26 -The first Eucharist ... every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you are proclaiming his death.

Gospel: John 13:1-15 - Jesus washes the disciples feet at the Passover supper.


Eucharist, service, self-sacrifice.

Free-use art suggestions

See lectionary art for today for suggested pictures and art-works based on today's readings.

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)

Holy Gifts - Stephen Dean

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

The Word of God Proceeding Forth - Neale / Caswall / et al

What Wondrous Love is This

Hymns that are (or may be) still copyright

An Upper Room did our Lord Prepare - Pratt-Green

As I Have Done for You - Schutte

Broken for Me - Lunt

Eat this Bread - Taizé

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

In Love for Me - Owens / Lundy

Let me Wash Your Feet - Anderson

Mandatum (Faith, Hope and Love) - Walker

Meekness and Majesty - Kendrick

See the Holy Table - Forster

Servant Song - Gillard

So You Must Do - Haugen

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

This is my Example - O'Brien

Though so Many we are One - Fay / Lécot

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1 comment:

  1. I faithfully refer to your website for every Sunday's hymns. And I v only heard from the priests and Congregation thanks for picking liturgy appropriate hymns. Thank you so much for the great help you provide with this website. God bless you loads.


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