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.

5 Comments

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5 responses to “Holy Week: Maundy Thursday

  1. Richard King

    Thankyou so much for sharing this blessing. May your Easter be blessed Richard 

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

    From:”Malcolm Guite” Date:Thu, 2 Apr, 2015 at 9:09 Subject:[New post] Holy Week: Maundy Thursday

    malcolmguite posted: ” 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'”

  2. Pam Southam

    Every line of this sonnet is so full of meaning, and you read it so movingly, Malcolm. Thank you.

  3. lisadelay

    brilliant. thank you.

  4. What a beautiful blessing!

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