Maundy Thursday Watch

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Welcome to the 2024 All Night Watch at St. Paul’s!

*Please sign the log if you are here in person so that we can have an accurate count for future planning.*

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, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.” 

-Matthew 26:36-38

You are invited to spend an hour (or more) in prayerful reflection in our chapel, whether you are present in person or online. There is no expectation for how you may choose to engage in personal meditation during this time, but some materials are provided to guide your prayer if you find them useful. You will find an Overnight Watch Guided Prayer at THIS LINK and you may also choose to read from one of the bibles or prayer books, to journal, or to simply soak in the presence of the reserved sacrament. 

Be attentive to what comes up for you: Are you drawn to be still or to move about and observe the space from various perspectives? How does your body and breathing feel? Are you carrying any tension that you can release here? Is this challenging you in some way or do you have a sense of ease? Why might that be?

Silence is not mandatory and you and those with you may choose to pray aloud together. Just remember that someone else occupying the space may be desiring some quiet.

If you reach the end of your time and there is no one else here to keep watch, or if there are any other issues (e.g. the livestream goes down) please call Molly at 484-343-3780 to come in before you leave so that we can make sure that the vigil remains uninterrupted.

All are invited to join for the conclusion of the watch with sunrise Morning Prayer at 7am.

May your watch be meaningful!

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