Maundy Thursday

Do you know, why the name Maundy Thursday?

It commemorates the Washing of the Feet and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles, when Jesus celebrated his final Passover with His disciples.

The word “maundy” comes from the Latin word maundatum for “commandment”, which comes from Jesus’ words from the last supper: “I give you a new commandment; that you love one another

During this day, Christians celebrate Jesus’ last supper with his disciples through serving and receiving communion with a special service. Often, all of or some of John 13 is read.  This scripture recalls:

The celebration of Passover
The plan of betrayal against Jesus by Judas
Jesus washed his disciple’s feet
Peter’s rejection of the washing, but then
wants his hands and head washed
Jesus told his disciples to wash one another’s feet
The Last Supper
The new commandment


This service is to celebrate the giving of the new commandment to love one another, a commandment given in the context of Jesus washing the disciple’s feet.  When we celebrate this service, the covenant between God and ourselves is renewed, and we are made ready for his death and resurrection.  The agape meal… symbolizes, as the meals in the Old Testament did, the relationship we have with God.

Most of the churches remember Christ’s last days with his disciples; also participate in washing the feet of the congregation members. Maundy Thursday is the time in which we remember the final acts of Jesus and focus on Christ’s sacrifice for us.

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