I just came back from our Maundy Thursday service at church and read this on facebook.
Now I finally know what “maundy” means……
“Amid the bustle of Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter, Maundy Thursday is easy to overlook. Few calendars label it, and some churches don’t observe it at all, though it may be the oldest of the Holy Week observances. It’s worth asking why, and how, generations of Christians have revered this day.
‘Maundy’ comes, possibly by way of one or more European languages, from the Latin ‘mandatum,’ meaning ‘command.’ The reference is John 13:34: ‘A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.’ Jesus spoke those words at the Last Supper, which took place the Thursday before Easter.”
The Other Holy Day
In the rush toward Good Friday and Easter, don’t forget Maundy Thursday
by Elesha Coffman