As Iron Sharpens Iron

An ongoing and online discussion between: an Orthodox informed Ecumaniac without a denominational home, an ordained Baptist youth pastor with an open mind, a Calvinist worship leader/seminarian with a staggering vocabulary and ability to make a point, and a cradle Catholic with a love/hate relationship to Rome.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Maundy Thursday

If you live alone, whose feet will you wash?
- St. Basil

Of Thy Mystical Supper, O Son of God,
accept me today as a communicant;
for I will not speak of Thy Mystery to Thine enemies,
neither like Judas will I give Thee a kiss.
But like the Thief will I confess Thee:
Remember me, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom.

- Orthodox hymn for Holy Thursday

Earth cannot bar flame from ascending,
Hell cannot bind light from descending,
Death cannot finish life never ending.

- Christina Rossetti

O God of Love, O God of Love
You gave to us a new command
That even as you gave us Love
We give ourselves to all of man.

The Love you gave us was Your Son
The One Begotten of You, He
Our life and our salvation won.
May we give of ourselves as free.

Though sinful servants, we request
Through all the struggles of our days
A mind forgetful of the past
A heart to love all, and your ways.

- Hymn based on an ancient Coptic prayer (below)

O God of love, who gave us a commandment
that we should love one another,

even as you loved us and gave your beloved Son
for our life and salvation;

we pray you to give us, your servants,
in all times of our life on the earth,

a mind forgetful of past ill-will,
and a heart to love our brothers and sisters.

- From the liturgy of St. Gregory

Love is but a song to sing
Fear’s the way we die
You can make the mountains ring
Or make the angels cry
Though the bird is on the wing
And you may not know why

Some may come and some may go
We shall surely pass
When the one that left us here
Returns for us at last
We are but a moment’s sunlight
Fading in the grass

If you hear the song I sing
You will understand
You hold the key to love and fear
All in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
It’s there at you command

Come on people now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another
Right now

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