Maundy Thursday

— Dana

Maundy Thursday.

Two words I”ve never heard before…until today. Those little words seemed to work their way into my life this first day of Spring…not once…not twice…but at least a dozen time.

What the heck is Maundy Thursday anyway?

Since I”m a professed “info junkie”…I will tell you what I found out on this topic. In the Christian liturgical calendar, Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday is the feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday. On this day four events are commemorated: the washing of the Disciples” feet by Jesus Christ, the institution of the Mystery of the Holy Eucharist (communion) at the Last Supper, the agony of Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, the betrayal of Christ by Judas Iscariot.

The word Maundy is derived through Middle English, and from the Latin mandatum, the first word of the phrase “Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos” (“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you”), the statement by Jesus in the Gospel of John (13:34) by which Jesus explained to the Apostles the significance of his action of washing their feet.

The old English name for Maundy Thursday was “Sheer Thursday”, when the penitents obtained absolution, trimmed their hair and beards, and washed in preparation for Easter.

Which is funny…because Aaron got a hair cut and trimmed his beard this evening…before we looked up what “Maundy Thursday” was all about.

So, now that you”re all educated on this Christian Holiday…take some time to celebrate “Maundy Thursday” by trimming your beard or reading John 13:34.

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