Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019
By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord,
Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.
Through our baptism, we participate in the human nature of Jesus Christ, and its union with the divine nature of the Incarnate Son.
In his human nature, Christ shares in the suffering and distortion that are part of the human condition due to sin. He suffers the worst that human beings can do to one another. He died because of our sinfulness.
In the eucharist, Christ shared with us his Body and Blood, those tokens of the suffering of his human nature.
Through the agency of the Holy Spirit, we also share in Christ’s divine nature in its union with his human nature.
Christ did not suffer in our place, but shared with us in our suffering. Through our union with him in baptism, and the sharing of the bread and wine, we share in his exaltation to God’s right hand.
He became one with us that we might become one with him.
Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Collect for Maundy Thursday, BCP 221)