On Maundy Thursday we remember the Last Supper of Jesus and the Apostles, and the night that followed in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus asked his apostles to stay awake with him as he prayed and the vigil is our opportunity to keep watch with Jesus, even if it is for a short time. Please feel free to come anytime between about 9pm and midnight. There will be Bibles that you can take to focus on scripture and prayers to help you in your devotion. You can stay for as long or as short a time you like.
Matthew 26:36-46 New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised (NRSVA)
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.’ And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.’ Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ Again he went away for the second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.’ Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’