Thursday, March 24, 2016


Maundy Thursday

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; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

John 13:1-5
Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.

The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" Jesus answered, "You do not know now what I am doing, but later you will understand." Peter said to him, "You will never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no share with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!" Jesus said to him, "One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean, though not all of you." For he knew who was to betray him; for this reason he said, "Not all of you are clean."

After he had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Thanks to Padre Mickey, sidebar or HERE:
The Reverend John Smith, Vicar, St. Alban Mission/Antigua

Maundy Thursday through Easter Sunday
Dear Friends
Greetings in the Lord! Fr. Fernando, the pastor of Merced, has invited our community to take part in their Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday) celebration at 5pm. Terri and I will be waiting at the Cross in the courtyard of the church around 4:30pm for those in the St. Alban Community who would like to join us. We should be able to find a place where we can all sit together. 

*Please join us! Once again, Maundy Thursday, 4:30pm at the Cross in front of the entrance to the Merced church.
*Good Friday, Terri and I will be going to Chimaltenango and the Episcopal Church there where I will be preaching at 9am.
*Holy Saturday we'll be walking the Stations of the Cross with Justin's students.
*Easter Sunday, we'll have our service at 10am as usual. Look forward to seeing you there!
Peace and Love, 
John+ and Terri too!


Saint Alban Episcopal Mission (English) meets for mass every Sunday at 10:00 A.M. (see welcome letter at sidebar) at Casa Convento Concepcion, 4a Calle Oriente No. 41, Antigua, Guatemala.

The Reverend John Smith, Vicar.
5235-6674 cell telephone (502 country code)


(everyone means everyone)

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