Karen's Blog‎ > ‎

Maundy Thursday

posted Mar 24, 2016, 11:59 AM by BVPC WebAdmin   [ updated Mar 24, 2016, 12:02 PM ]

Blog Maundy Thursday

According to the liturgical calendar for 2016, Lent is ended and we begin, today, d TriduumTriduum - the three days leading up to Easter morning. Yes, it is important that these days have their own special name. 

Maundy Thursday (aka Holy Thursday) is the day we celebrate the last supper Jesus ate with his disciples while he was in his human form. Scholars feel that it was most likely a Passover meal. The speaking elements are there, incorporated in our own Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper liturgy. 

The word Maundy comes from the Latin, mandatum, and then through Middle English- mandyor French-mandebasically the root word for mandate. Jesus gives a mandate to the disciples saying, “whenever you eat this bread, drink this cup, do so remembering me.” 

It is a holy meal, a time to gather, reflect and since we all know the end of the story, to rejoice. This meal, this sacrament is our mandate, today and tomorrow.