Good Friday, we know. And Easter (Resurrection Sunday) most certainly. But what is Maundy Thursday? It is the Thursday before Easter, believed to be the day when Jesus celebrated his final Passover with His disciples.
In England on Maundy Thursday. In England, the custom of washing feet by the Monarch was carried out until 1689. King or Queen would wash the feet of the poor however, note that the feet were first washed by Yeoman of the Laundry before the monarch had to wash them and kiss them. Food and clothing were also handed out to the poor.Today, the Queen follows a very traditional role of giving Maundy Money to pensioners. The tradition of giving money to the poor started with Edward Ist.
Maundy Thursday is the fifth day of Holy Week leading up to Easter, which remembers the Last Supper with Jesus and His disciples. We call this event the “Last Supper” because it is one of Jesus’ final meals with His disciples before He is crucified. They had gathered for Passover Supper, which set an important context for what Jesus did at the Last Supper.
What is Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday is recognized as a holy day of Christianity. Maundy Thursday, meaning Commandment Thursday, gets its name from the Latin word mandatum (or mandate, translated as commandment), which is the first word in the Latin translation of Christ’s words in John 13:34. This is the day that Jesus gave his followers a new commandment–a new mandate to love. Read more at http://faithfulprovisions.com/2013/03/25/what-is-maundy-thursday/#EJ02BbXly6KxHSoS.99