Holy Thursday: Blessing the Bread, the Cup

Image: Simply Given © Jan Richardson

Reading from the Epistles, Holy/Maundy Thursday:
1 Corinthians 11.23-26

For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup…
—1 Corinthians 11.26

Holy Thursday, and it is time to come to the table.

Here at the table, there is bread.

Here at the table, there is wine.

Here at the table, there is Christ, offering the gifts to us with beautiful simplicity and astonishing love.

As we linger at the table, as we leave the table, what will we do with what we receive?

Blessing the Bread, the Cup
For Holy Thursday

Let us bless the bread
that gives itself to us
with its terrible weight,
its infinite grace.

Let us bless the cup
poured out for us
with a love
that makes us anew.

Let us gather
around these gifts
simply given
and deeply blessed.

And then let us go
bearing the bread,
carrying the cup,
laying the table
within a hungering world.

—Jan Richardson
from Circle of Grace: A Book of Blessings for the Seasons

For a previous reflection, click the image or title below.

Holy Thursday: Blessing You Cannot Turn Back

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2 Responses to “Holy Thursday: Blessing the Bread, the Cup”

  1. Sharon Grace Budin Says:

    I so love your poetry and art. You are a guide and a fellow traveler whom I turn to regularly for inspiration and hope. Keep doing your good work, the world needs you!

    • Jan Richardson Says:

      Sharon, thank you so much for your beautiful words! They—and you—are a blessing to me, and I am grateful. Many blessings to you as Easter draws near…and after that, too! Deep peace.

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