What Is Maundy Thursday?

'bread and wine #1' photo (c) 2008, kevin rawlings - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/I don’t know about you, but I sometimes wonder about some of the “terms” we use in church.  So being that March 28 is our Maundy Thursday communion service at 7:30, I thought that I would do a little research and pass on what I found.  This is taken from an article I found on about.com.  You can go and read the article here, or you can just read it below!

“Maundy Thursday is observed during Holy Week on the Thursday before Easter.  Also referred to as “Holy Thursday” or “Great Thursday” in some Christian denominations, Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with His disciples on the night before He was crucified.  In contrast to joyful Easter Celebrations when Christians worship their resurrected Savior, Maundy Thursday services are typically more solemn occasions, marked by the shadow of Jesus’ betrayal.

While different denominations observe Maundy Thursday in their own distinct ways, two important Biblical events are the primary focus of Maundy Thursday solemnizations:

Before the Passover meal, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples.  By performing this lowly act of service, the Bible says in John 13:1 that Jesus “showed them the full extent of His love.”  By His example, Jesus demonstrated how Christians are to love one another through humble service.  For this reason, many churches practice foot-washing ceremonies as part of their Maundy Thursday services.

During the Passover meal, Jesus took bread and wine and asked His father to bless it.  He broke the bread into pieces, giving it to His disciples and said, “This is my body, given for you.  Do this in remembrance of me.”  Then He took the cup of wine, shared it with His disciples and said,  ‘This wine is the token of God’s new covenant to save you — and agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you.’  These event recorded in Luke 22:19-20 describe the Last Supper and form the Biblical basis for the practice of Communion.  For this reason, many churches hold special Communion services as a part of their Maundy Thursday celebrations.  Likewise, many congregations observe a traditional Passover Seder meal.

What does “Maundy” mean?

Derived from the Latin word mandatum, meaning ‘commandment,’ Maundy refers to the commands Jesus gave His disciples at the Last Supper: to love with humility by serving one another and to remember His sacrifice.”

We hope to see you all at The Journey for our Maundy Thursday Communion service!

Here’s another post on Holy Week by Sarah Bessey.  Well worth the read.  You can get to it by clicking Here!

And another by one of my favorites, Ann Voskamp.  You can click Here to read it!

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