Holy Week: Maundy Thursday

For here the earth herself gives bread and wine

There is so much happening here, so many threads of connection flowing to and from this deep source of love and gospel vision. my sonnet for this central and sacramental day can only suggest one or two of them. Margot’s image, above, and Oliver Neale’s image below, take us a little further.

This sonnet, and the others I have been posting for Holy Week are all drawn from my collection Sounding the Seasons, published by Canterbury Press here in England. The book is now back in stock on both Amazon UK and USA and physical copies are shortly to be available in Canada via Steve Bell‘s Signpost Music. The book is now also out on Kindle. Please feel free to make use of these sonnets in church services and to copy and share them. If you can mention the book from which they are taken that would be great.

You can hear the poem by clicking on the title or the ‘play’ button

Maundy Thursday.

Here is the source of every sacrament,

The all-transforming presence of the Lord,

Replenishing our every element

Remaking us in his creative Word.

For here the earth herself gives bread and wine,

The air delights to bear his Spirit’s speech,

The fire dances where the candles shine,

The waters cleanse us with His gentle touch.

And here He shows the full extent of love

To us whose love is always incomplete,

In vain we search the heavens high above,

The God of love is kneeling at our feet.

Though we betray Him, though it is the night.

He meets us here and loves us into light.


Filed under imagination, Poems

15 responses to “Holy Week: Maundy Thursday

  1. I have read your Maundy Thursday sonnet over and over again and each time see something more. I thank God for your gift of poetry and your hard work in crafting your poems so beautifully. Having quoted at least 3 of your sonnets on my blog now you may be pleased to know I have just ordered your book ‘Sounding the Seasons’ and expect to treasure it for years to come.

    • malcolmguite

      Thanks Nancy. Glad you liked this one. This particular sonnet was also very important for me as this day is do evocative for me. Hope you enjoy the whole book

  2. Richard Spencer

    Thank you, Malcom, for your beuatiful sonnets. They ar a source of encouragement, inspiration and pointers to truth. I wish you a blessed and joyful Easter.

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  4. Thank you again for another moment in this week to focus. I’ve been posting your sonnets as we make our way through this week; they have been a great help in the midst of a noisy and busy life.

  5. we creatures can do so much, but we can’t make something out of nothing. no, not even ideas — we first must have a mind, and we don’t make that. we are nourished, created by ‘the’ Mind, ‘the’ Heart, ‘the’ Spirit. but not against our will, and not for ourselves alone. and always we are beginning. happy new birth, Malcolm!

  6. Thank you Malcolm . . . holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty. Yes, heaven and earth are FULL of His glory!

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  10. Malcolm, I was anticipating this day and the email that would send your gift across the big pond to my inbox. I don’t know if you have visited my blog but I can see that in many ways your appreciation of the Last Supper is akin to mine. St. John emphasizes three key words in describing both the celestial and temporal battle…light, life and love. As Supernatural Light that gives life, the Holy Spirit works to transform the elemental gifts (matter) of the earth into the Body and Blood (Soul and Divinity) by virtue of the Words of Consecration of the God-Man (form). The matter (mass) at Holy Mass, united to the Holy Spirit’s Light (x 2) ->God the Son (Emamanuel)….I can see no other way than to apply E=mc2 (on the spiritual plane) to this Luminous Mystery of Jesus Christ through whom all things were made. Read this one post to see what I mean: http://www.eucharist-emc2.blogspot.com/2007/08/afternoon-with-einstein.html
    God bless you and thanks again.

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