Maundy Thursday Pan-Lutheran Worship and Procession to Gethsemane

On Maundy Thursday, April 8, 2004, hundreds of Lutherans gathered together in the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer for the remembrance of the Last Supper Jesus ate with his disciples, and to participate in the Eucharist. Bishop Younan, eight Lutheran pastors from six countries (Palestine, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Finland and the U.S.) and a vicar from Germany led the worship service. The Rev. Russell O. Siler, pastor of the English-speaking Redeemer congregation preached and Bishop Younan and German Probst Martin Reyer officiated at the Eucharist. With the words of the Gospel of Mark in their ears – “When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives” – the congregation, led by Bishop Younan, processed through the Old City streets, out St. Stephen Gate, and down into the Kidron Valley. The procession passed the Garden of Gethsemane and proceeded up a narrow road and many steps to the courtyard of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. Mary Magdalene. A short service of Scripture readings about Jesus praying in Gethsemane and being arrested were read, and several hymns were sung.

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