LAVISH LOVE: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (I John 3:1 NIV)

ImageIn Seasons of Prayer – Rediscovering Classic Prayers Through the Christian Calendar, Donna Fletcher Crow writes:

“The name Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum (commandment) because John 13:34 (“A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another”) was sung at early foot-washing ceremonies, as it often is today.

“Robert Webber says, ‘In the ancient church the service of Maundy Thursday began the great triduum, the three great days of the paschal celebration. These were days of fasting and prayer, days when the church remembered the final acts of Christ’s saving work.'”

Jesus’ final acts just before his arrest: After washing his disciples’ feet, sharing the Passover meal with them, and sending Judas away, Jesus taught the remaining disciples about love and their future relationship with the Trinity. Then he prayed for his band of followers and led them across the Kidron Valley and up the Mount of Olives to an olive grove called Gethsemane.

“Sit here while I go and pray,” he said. Taking Peter, James and John with him, he began to be filled with horror and deep distress. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.” (Mark 14/NLT)

Hallelujah! What a Savior! by Philip P. Bliss, pub.1875

  1. “Man of Sorrows!” what a name
    For the Son of God, who came
    Ruined sinners to reclaim.
    Hallelujah! What a Savior!
  2. Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
    In my place condemned He stood;
    Sealed my pardon with His blood.
    Hallelujah! What a Savior!
  3. Guilty, vile, and helpless we;
    Spotless Lamb of God was He;
    “Full atonement!” can it be?
    Hallelujah! What a Savior!
  4. Lifted up was He to die;
    “It is finished!” was His cry;
    Now in Heav’n exalted high.
    Hallelujah! What a Savior!
  5. When He comes, our glorious King,
    All His ransomed home to bring,
    Then anew His song we’ll sing:
    Hallelujah! What a Savior!
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