Maundy Thursday

posted by: Joan | on: Thursday, 24 March 2016, 21:03


The Way of the Cross

The Way of the Cross

Of course we all know about Maundy Thursday but I thought it might be nice to recall what happens at the Maundy Thursday service.

Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples; also know as the Last Supper. It falls on the Thursday before Good Friday, and Christians use this as a time to reflect and remember the Last Supper.

The word ‘Maundy’ is derived from the Latin word ‘mandatum’ which means commandment. During the Last Supper Jesus commanded to his disciples that they love and serve one another.

During this meal Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples, and Christians do the same as part of their worship in Church.

Church services are held in the evening and can involve burning oils used for sacraments.

This day also commemorates the story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. As he did so, he gave them this mandatum, or command: ‘If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that ye should do as I have done unto you.’

Some priests or minister may wash the feet of members of the congregation in memory of this.


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