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        Here is an anthology of over 1100 brief prayers and thought-starters, for each day of the year, with almost 400 original prayers by Bruce Prewer.
        Included is both a subject index and an index of authors-- an ecumenical collection of about 300 different sources.
Prayers for Busy People
        Title:  Brief Prayers for Busy People.
          Author: Bruce D Prewer
        ISBN 978-1-62880-090-6
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John 13: 1-7, 31b-35

! Corinthians 1: 11: 23-26

Exodus 12: 1-14

Psalm 116: 1-2, 12-19





            * The church should be in near darkness or deep shadow,


            A long table is partly set. One large candle stands unlit in front of the Christ Chair, and   two

slender candles are set at each end of the long table.


            At the back of the table is the large “Christ Chair,” with a purple band of violet cloth,

            crossing from shoulder height to waist level.


            To one side is a font (or a large basin on a stand) with a jug of water and a towel             displayed.

            On the other side, fixed at head height, is a large olive branch, wet with enough dew to             glisten in candle light.


            Two candles are placed in position so as to later illuminate first the font and towel, and             then the olive branch. These will be lit later in the service.



            * General music to be by organ or keyboard.

             A solo musician (oboe, violin, clarinet or flute) is prepared at the rear of the church, or  out of sight in a transept.

            A soloist is at the rear to lead the Kyrie and to sing the Agnus Dei

            Readers are also at the rear of the church: Narrator, a Disciple, Jesus, Peter.


            * Please note: In the following drama, there is no physical representation of Jesus. It is left

               to the imagination.






            Bearing a small lamp, the Minister, enters, stands beside the “Jesus Chair” and says:


PASTOR:         We are here to remember the love of our “Lord Jesus Christ,

                                    who although he was rich, for our sakes became poor,

                                    taking upon himself the form of a lowly servant,

                                    and humbled himself” for the suffering which would test a man to the utmost,

                                    and during this night of sorrows, would sorely test even God.


            Let us prepare to hear the story of the passion of our Lord, as it begins to unfold

            on the evening of Maundy Thursday, by singing the Kyrie eleison.  

            I invite you to respond to the cantor:


            *  a solo voice from the rear of the Church leads the singing-


                                    Kyrie, Kyrie, eleison

                                                                        Kyrie, Kyrie, eleison

                                    Christe eleison, Christe eleison

                                                                        Christe eleison, Christe eleison

                                    Kyrie, Kyrie, eleison

                                                                        Kyrie, Kyrie, eleison


            * sing twice, then a short period of silence.

                        during the singing the minister moves into the congregation, and extinguishes his lamp.



NARRATOR: On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread,

                                                            the disciples came to ask Jesus:


DISCIPLE: Master, where do you want us to prepare the Passover meal for you?


JESUS: Go into the city to a man whose name I will give you, and say to him:

            “The master’s hour has arrived. We will celebrate the Passover at your house.”


NARRATOR: The disciples followed his directions, and went into the city and prepared

            the Passover meal.


                        * Mood music, organ or keyboard. Two people enter with oil lamps,

                          light the large Christ Candle in front of the formal chair, and sets bread-

       preferably crisp matzos- on about 4 plates, with a wine jug,

                         and 4 small dishes of a sour herb “dip”.


NARRATOR: That evening, Jesus knew that his time had come to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own friends in this world, he loved them to the very end.


                        *  A child lights a taper from the Christ candle and then the candle by the Font is lit.


Knowing that he came from God and was about to return to God,

Jesus rose up from the table, took off his outer robe, poured water into a bowel,

and began to wash his disciples' feet and to dry them with the towel.


                        * Very soft organ or keyboard music for about 60 seconds.


When he came to Peter, this disciple protested:


PETER:  Are you, Lord, going to wash my dirty feet?


JESUS: At this moment, you don’t understand what I am doing; in the future you will.


PETER: No, Lord I will never let you wash my feet.


JESUS: If I do not wash your feet, Peter, you will no longer be a disciple of mine.


PETER: Then Lord, please wash me; not only my feet but also my hand and my head.


JESUS: Those, whom I have washed, will never need to be washed again.


NARRATOR: When Jesus ha

d finished, he put on his robe, returned to the table and the Passover meal. He said to his disciples:


JESUS : Do you understand what I have done for you? You call me Rabbi and Lord, and you say that truly. If then I your Lord and Rabbi have washed your feet, then it is up to you to wash one another’s feet.


NARRATOR: While they were at supper, Jesus took some bread, blessed it and broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying:


JESUS: Take this and eat, this it is my body.


NARRATOR: Likewise he took the cup saying: This is my blood shed for you.





·        Soft music.

·        The MINISTER invites the people to come forward informally, gather at the table, take a piece of unleavened bread and dip it into the sour dip and eat, then return to their seats.


                        * During the meal, the narration will continue.


NARRATOR: While they were eating, Jesus became agitated and said:


JESUS: One you will betray me. One of you, whose hand has dipped with me in this dish, will             betray me.


NARRATOR: After eating the bread, Judas immediately left and went out; and it was dark.


            A little later, an argument broke out among them as to which disciple was the greatest.


            Jesus addressed them:


JESUS: Among you, the greatest must live like the youngest,

                        and the leader as a servant.

                        I am giving you a new commandment:

                        You must love one another.

                        Even as I have loved you, so you are to love one another.


                        * The congregation sings

                                                                                                                         “A new commandment.......”

                        until all have partaken and returned to their seats.


NARRATOR: After supper Jesus again lifted up the cup, saying:


JESUS: This cup which is poured out for you

                                    is the new covenant sealed with my blood.


                        * A brief musical interlude


NARRATOR:  A little later Jesus turned to Peter


JESUS: Simon, dear Simon, Satan has wanted to have you, but I have prayed

                        that your faith may not fail.


NARRATOR: Peter answered:


PETER: Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and death.


JESUS: I tell you this, Peter, before cock crow you will have denied me three times.


                        * Brief musical interlude-: foreboding theme.


NARRATOR:  They sang a hymn of praise


JESUS: What shall I offer to my God

                                    for all his bounty to me?

                                    I will lift up the cup of salvation

                                    and call on the name of God.

                                    I will pay my vows to my Lord

                                    in the presence of his people.


                                    Precious in the sight of God

                                    is the death of his saints.

                                    O Lord, I am your servant,

                                    the son of your handmaid.


                                    I will pay my vows to my Lord

                                    in the presence of his people.


NARRATOR: After singing the psalm, they went out into the night


                                    *          As organ or keyboard play softly, a child lights a small lamp from the Christ candle.

                                                Then the candles on the Table are extinguished.


NARRATOR: They came to an olive grove known as Gethsemane. 


·        *As the story continues, the child lights a lamp a lamp walks very slowly

·         from the Table to where the olive branch is stationed, and lights that lone candle,

              then extinguishes the lamp and sits nearby in the shadows.


            Jesus said to his disciples.


JESUS: You wait here while I go and pray.


NARRATOR: Taking Peter, James and John, he went deeper into the dark olive grove and             said to the three:


JESUS: My spirit is deeply troubled; watch and pray with me.


NARRATOR: Going a few steps further on, he threw himself down, face to the ground.


                        * Solo music: plaintive oboe, violin or clarinet, for about 3 minutes.


JESUS: Father, if it be possible, remove this bitter cup from me. 

                                    Yet not my will but yours be done.


                        * Solo music; for 1 minute.


NARRATOR: As he prayed, his sweat was like clots of blood, falling to the ground.


                                    * Solo music, about 30 seconds.


Jesus returned three times to the three disciples, and found them not praying but asleep.

            The third time he woke them and said:


JESUS:  That’s enough. My time has come. The Son of man is now to be betrayed

             into the hands of sinners. Get up on your feet. My betrayer is at hand.


NARRATOR:  While he was speaking, Judas arrived with armed men,

            sent by the Chief Priests. As a sign to the armed men,

            the betrayer went up to Jesus, kissed him and said:


JUDAS:  My dear Rabbi!


NARRATOR: The armed men seized Jesus, and dragged him off to the court

                        of the chief priests and elders.


            The disciples scattered and fled,

            although Peter did follow from a safe distance.


                                                            * The last candle beside the olive branch is extinguished by the child.


                                                            * A solo voice sings:


                                                                        Lamb of God, you take way the sin of the world.”




                        * Carrying a small lamp, the Pastor moves from the congregation to the Table

                                    and says:


PASTOR: This is the Table of the Lord. Return to this trysting place on the third day and be             ready to celebrate your liberation.




The grace ...................





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