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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday takes its name from the Latin word mandatum, meaning 'commandment'. The commandment is the Lord's given in John's Gospel, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another" (John 13:34). The new commandment of love is enacted by Jesus in his washing of the disciples feet at the Last Supper, and made final and authoritative in his self-sacrificial death on the Cross.

We observe Maundy Thursday by sharing a simple meal, recalling Jesus' loving act of service to his disciples, celebrating a final Eucharist before Easter, and preparing the sanctuary for Good Friday.

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