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The Gethsemane Watch: A Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil in Grace Chapel

3/26/19 | Worship

The Gethsemane Watch: A Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil in Grace Chapel

The Gethsemane Watch: A Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil in Grace Chapel

 Stay with me.
Remain here with me.
Watch and pray. . . . Watch and pray.

 They went to a place called Gethsemane; and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.”  He took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be distressed and agitated.  And he said to them, “I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and keep awake.”    Mark 14:32-34.

As Jesus prayed in the garden called Gethsemane shortly before his arrest, he asked his disciples to keep vigil with him, to keep awake and support him in his hour of need.  True to our fallible nature, Peter, James and John were asleep in no time.

In the centuries since, Christian disciples around the world have marked this night by staying awake, watching and praying with Jesus in the hours leading up to his crucifixion and death. 

Again this year St. Peter’s is holding an overnight vigil in Grace Chapel, from immediately after the Maundy Thursday worship service to the Good Friday worship service at Noon.  Prayer books and other resources will be in the chapel throughout the vigil. 

Please sign up for an hour of silent prayer on April 18th or 19th. 

Choose your hour by filling out the form below, or sign up at the table at the back of Grace Chapel.

On Ash Wednesday, Fr. Joseph challenged us to "go deep" with God this Lent. Could the Maundy Thursday Vigil help you accept the invitation? While an hour spent in prayer might sound daunting . . . you may find the challenge turns into a gift. 

Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil

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