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“Maundy Thursday” – A Sonnet for Holy Week by Malcolm Guite

April 17, 2014

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.


malcom-guiteMalcolm Guite is a poet, priest, and singer-songwriter. I first came across his sonnets a year ago, and am deeply grateful for the gift they’ve been in my life. Among my favourites are his sonnets for Holy Week and Easter, which I’ve been posting on this blog throughout this week. This sonnet from his book Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year. The images in this posting were chosen for Malcolm’s blog by Margot Krebs Neale and Oliver Neale, respectively, and are posted there. There’s also an audio recording on Malcolm’s blog of his reading this sonnet. Malcolm’s sonnet and the images from his blog are reproduced with permission.  


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