Maunday Thursday Message

From a Sermon preached by Martin Neimoller in the Dachau Extermination Camp to a small group of fellow prisoners, Maundy Thursday, March 29, 1945.

“‘My body given for you, my blood shed for you.’ This message does not age, nor does it lose any of its living strength with the passage of time. For in its need for God and its longing for Him the human heart remains ever the same. And when all the dead are at once forgotten, the death of the Lord Jesus Christ will ever be preached and confessed by his church because there flows the the source of its life, and the church will continue to gather around his table and confess thereby its crucified Lord in repentance for its transgression, in gratitude for his love, and in the praise of God for His inconceivable loving-kindness, until – yes, until its Lord will come at the end of time, and with him that Kingdom of God in which all patch-work ceases. There we see him as he is, and there we shall be with him forever. To this great community of those who proclaim the death of their Lord as a message of joy belong this evening also we, who come here to this table. A small company, every one of torn away from his earthly home and from the circle of his dear ones, all of us robbed of freedom and ever uncertain about what the following day or even the following hour will bring. But, despite all this, we are at home.”

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