The Thursday before the Easter Sunday or the day before the Good Friday of the holy week is called the Maundy Thursday. Just like the other days of the holy week, this day is being celebrated with several traditions, rituals, and ceremonies. Just like the upcoming Good Friday 2017, the Maundy Thursday is also just right around the corner.
The Maundy Thursday is also known as the holy Thursday. This day commemorates the Last Supper that Jesus hs done with his disciples. During the Passover, Jesus initiated the Christian Sacrament of the Eucharist known in some churches as the communion or the Lord’s Supper. The celebration of the Maundy Thursday can be traced back as far as the first century church.
The term Maundy Thursday came from the latin word Dias Mandatum which means the day of the new commandment which says that all Christians should love one another just as much as Christ loves all of them.
Rituals, Traditions, and Ceremonies
The rituals, traditions, and ceremonies of the Maundy Thursday are greatly inspired by the events that happened during the night when Jesus Christ observed the Passover with his 12 disciples. One tradition during the Maundy Thursday is the washing of the feet. This is conducted in a way that the cardinal or bishop washes the feet of the acolytes and the priests. In Rome, the pope would wash the feet of the cardinals. The washing of the feet are done by those in the greater or higher positions because it represents that the greatest among the rest should be the servant of all.
Other ceremonies have been added in order to expand the celebration of the Maundy Thursday. For instance, baptism, confessions, and absolutions were incorporated as extra ceremonies.
In Other Countries
During the 12th century, the English church started a tradition of giving money to citizens who have served the crown well. This money is termed as Maundy Money. In addition, the King and Queen also practice the washing of feet of the citizens as a way of showing their humbleness. This kind of tradition continued up until the 17th century. Some countries exhibit the same kinds of traditions while some differ.
Celebrate well the near Good Friday 2017 as well as the Mundy Thursday. Make sure to prepare well for these celebrations.