Maundy Thursday is...
- Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter. The word maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, meaning "commandment." The focus of this day is on the new commandment Jesus gave to his disciples to love one another as he loved them.
- Maundy Thursday also recalls the last supper (you've probably seen the painting) Jesus had with his disciples.Â "And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.' In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.'" -Luke 22: 19-20
- The last supper took place during Passover, the commemoration of God's delivering the Hebrew people out of slavery in Egypt (Exodus 12). Passover is still observed by Jewish people the world over during a seven-day celebration. Part of the present-day Jewish Passover is the Seder, a special meal that came into practice more than 1000 years ago. Not to be confused with Communion, the Seder is a Jewish ritual. However, the Seder is a Jewish celebration of freedom that can help Christians understand Judaism and gain a deeper respect for our Old Testament roots.
(All that info was poached from Debbie Trafton O'Neal's book, Before and After Easter)
So, on Maundy Thursday--we'll gather. We'll eat. We'll remember. We'll break bread. We'll love. Put it on your calendar. Want to help organize the meal? (Oh, yes you do!) Talk to Jodi.