Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Maundy Thursday: April 13, 2006

Academic journal article Currents in Theology and Mission

Maundy Thursday: April 13, 2006

Article excerpt

Exodus 12:1-4 (5-10), 11-14

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Cupped Ear/Psalm Sounds

Listen for the ancient words "the cup of salvation" (v. 13) during the Maundy Thursday celebration of Holy Communion.

Verse 1 is a unique beginning. Of all of the psalms, other than Psalm 18:1, this is the only one that starts with a declaration of "love" for God. "I love the Lord" sets the tone for the entire psalm. To love God is to call on the name of the Lord (v. 4), to find rest for your soul (v. 7), to walk with God in this life (v. 9), and to fulfill the vows you make to God (v. 14).

In the Greek and Latin Bibles, Psalm 116 is divided into two psalms: verses 1-9 appear as Psalm 114 and verses 10-19 as Psalm 115. This second section, verses 12-19, becomes a part of the liturgical worship for the Passover festival. During the meal, four cups are raised and blessed in remembrance of the Exodus story. …

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