March 24, 2016 2 Comments
Many have asked the question: Why is this day in Holy Week called Maundy Thursday?
We are not one-hundred percent certain of its origins, however it has been around for some time. There are at least three possibilities.
First, many believe that it comes from the Latin word mandatum, which means “command.” On this day, according to John 13:34-35, Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment to love one another.
Second, others believe that Maundy is derived from another Latin word mundo, which means “wash.” On this day, again according to John 13:1-17, Jesus washes his disciples feet as an act of humble service and commands his disciples to do likewise.
Third, the word Maundy is associated with the word maund, which means “basket.” Some Christians practiced—and may still do so—distributing baskets of food to the poor on Maundy Thursday. Minted coins called “maund money” were—are?—also given to the poor.
Of course, one of the other traditions associated with Maundy Thursday is the institution of the Lord’s Supper, the account of which all three synoptic gospels provide(Matthew 26:17-30; Mark 14:12-26; Luke 22:7-39), as well as does the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.
Prayer of the Day/Collect for Maundy Thursday
Most Holy God of all creation: On this day your Son washed his disciples feet as an act of humble service, and instituted the Lord’s Supper as a remembrance of what he accomplished on the cross, and to draw all people into union and communion through his holy presence. As we remember the events of that first Maundy Thursday and celebrate your holy presence among us, may our hearts be filled with gratitude, and in response to your boundless love for us, follow your example of humble service and unconditional love. In the name of Jesus our Messiah.