Holy Week: Maundy Thursday

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.

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.

Thanks to Lancia Smith for the image

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

11 responses to “Holy Week: Maundy Thursday

  1. Very good poem. Unfortunately, Easter seems to be a forgotten event with Christmas being given too much emphasis. The risen Christ is the fulfillment of the philosophies.

  2. Karen Watson

    Any chance of correcting the typo in the picture? I want to RT it as per the article below x

    • malcolmguite

      Hi. Just seen the typo but I didn’t produce the image do I can’t fix it. I’ll email Lancia and ask her. I don’t know what you mean by ‘as per article below’

      • Karen Watson

        Only that the correct version appears in the text below the picture. I’ve RT anyway and hope people will click to see.

  3. Pam Southam

    ‘In vain we search the heavens high above,
    The God of love is kneeling at our feet.’

    Wonderful, breathtaking words of truth! God knelt and loved us into Light.
    Thank you for this beautiful poem, Malcolm.

  4. Marilyn Griffin

    “Though” instead of “thought” which doesn’t make any sense until you read the poem. Please fix this spelling mistake.

  5. brad hill

    just now discovered your work by way of a good friend. thank you for your gift and passion poured out into these sonnets.

  6. malcolmguite

    The words in the picture are now corrected

  7. Malcolm. Thank you so much for this beautiful poem, I will be using it as the prayer at the end of my sermon this coming evening. I wish you a blessed Triduum and a Joyful Easter. Remember, if you come to Chicago, please let me know.

  8. Such captive thoughts, such telling images; I listened not sure if I was holding my breath or preparing to breathe more deeply…

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