And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour?” (Mark 14: 37)
This beautiful tradition of overnight prayer beginning on Maundy Thursday is often called the “Night Watch” or “Gethsemane Watch” and recalls how Jesus invited his apostles to stay with him while he prayed.
In essence, the faithful are asked to accompany Jesus to the Garden and console him during his great agony. All one needs for prayer on this sacred night is to simply imagine the scene and enter into the sacred night before Jesus’ death on the cross. It is extremely powerful to imagine being there with Jesus in the Garden, watching and waiting.
Jesus challenges us to keep watch with him for at least one hour on Holy Thursday, as he challenged his apostles on that fateful night. It is a powerful way to begin the remembrance of the Paschal Mystery of our salvation. Will you take up the challenge of Our Lord?
We invite you to a time of prayer beginnning after our Maundy Thursday service and continuing through to the start of our Good Friday service at noon. Choose an hour or more to come and pray in the Nave, continuing our holy journey to Easter.
|| Sarah Klitzke