Maundy Thursday–That Ye Love One Another

The liturgy of Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, and often includes the washing of feet–either the priest washing other priests’ or congregants’ feet or congregants washing one another’s. It is a startlingly beautiful, powerful, and visceral reminder of Jesus’s personal love for those he called friends.

The indispensable text for this service is “Ubi Caritas”

Where charity and love are, there God is.
The love of Christ has gathered us into one flock.
Let us exult, and in Him be joyful.
Let us fear and let us love the living God.
And from a sincere heart let us love each other.

Three choral settings: Gjelio, Duruflé, Stroope

Other texts from John’s account of the Last Supper are also frequently sung. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Vinea mea electaPoulenc [NB--this performance is a little ragged, but somehow all the more compelling for it]

I am the True Vine–Arvo Part

Comments

  1. Miss Otis Regrets says:

    Duruflé’s setting is IMO the most heavenly of all. Love when you feature this text.

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