A Vigil Through the Night: Stay Awake with Me

Tonight at the Maundy Thursday service in addition to our regular communion bread and wine we will consecrate an extra large loaf of bread and an extra cruet of wine. These will be added to the table in the photo. This is our Garden of Gethemane prayer vigil. People from the parish will come in one hour increments and pray all night, holding “vigil” with Christ as he faces his last night.
Matthew 26:38-46 (The Message)
Then Jesus went with them to a garden called Gethsemane and told his disciples, “Stay here while I go over there and pray.” Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he plunged into an agonizing sorrow. Then he said, “This sorrow is crushing my life out. Stay here and keep vigil with me.”
Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, “My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?”
When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, “Can’t you stick it out with me a single hour? Stay alert; be in prayer so you don’t wander into temptation without even knowing you’re in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there’s another part that’s as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire.”
He then left them a second time. Again he prayed, “My Father, if there is no other way than this, drinking this cup to the dregs, I’m ready. Do it your way.”
When he came back, he again found them sound asleep. They simply couldn’t keep their eyes open. This time he let them sleep on, and went back a third time to pray, going over the same ground one last time.
When he came back the next time, he said, “Are you going to sleep on and make a night of it? My time is up, the Son of Man is about to be handed over to the hands of sinners…”

About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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5 Responses to A Vigil Through the Night: Stay Awake with Me

  1. Songbird says:

    “to the dregs…”Amen.

  2. Deb says:

    This is a truly wonderful idea. I will salt it away in my memory banks for another time, another place…Blessings this Eastertide to you..d

  3. Nancy says:

    I would love that! I hope that many people participate in this wonderful opportunity.Easter blessings!

  4. Mary Beth says:

    thanks for this beautiful picture.

  5. Singing Owl says:

    Beautiful picture! And what Deb said. :-)And comiserating with you in the dang midwest weather. The tulips and daffodills at the rear of the church were just looking about to pop…and now they are icy. 😦 No tulips this year.

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