[su_dropcap style=”flat”]F[/su_dropcap]OR ANYONE interested in History Re: Christianity, you may find this post interesting.
I realize that there are a variety of faith’s out there, and I for one wish to know how they all work, so when people ask me about what is Maundy Thursday I tell them……….
Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday of Holy Week, commemorates Christ’s Last Supper, the institution of the Eucharist and of the Priesthood of the Catholic Church. The name “Maundy” comes from the Latin word mandatum which means “commandment”, and refers to Christ’s words in John 13:34: “ A new commandment I give unto you that you love one another, even as I have loved you”. Maundy Thursday is the first of three days known as the “Triduum”, which includes today, Good Friday, and the Great Vigil of Easter.
According to tradition, the “upper room” in which the Last Supper took place was the home of John Mark and his mother, Mary (Acts 12:12) This room, which was also the site of Pentecost, is known as the Cenacle, from the Latin word cena, meaning “dinner”. According to Jewish belief, this is also the site of the tomb of David.
After the Passover, Jesus went outside the Old City of Jerusalem, crossed the Kidron Valley, and came to the Garden of Gethsemane, a place whose name means “Olive Press,” and where olives still grow today. This is the present-day site of the Church of the Nations. Looking out from the Garden of Gethsemane one glimpses the sight of the Temple of Solomon (where the Mosque of the Dome of the Rock stands today) together with a panoramic view of Mount Zion on which is built the Old City of Jerusalem. In this Garden of this night Our Lord was let down by His Apostles, as they fell asleep instead of keeping watch and praying, next he was betrayed by Judas with a kiss, and finally He was arrested.
At this evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Sanctus bells are rung, during the Gloria, but they are removed from the Church and not rung again until the Easter Vigil. In their place, a clapper (or crotalus from the Greek word kpotohov, meaning “rattle”) is used.
At the Washing of Feet or Pedilavium, from the Latin word pedis meaning foot and lavabo meaning wash), the priest, in imitation of Christ, washes the feet of twelve men chosen to represent the Apostles for the ceremony. Before the Reformation, Catholic Kings and Queens of England, following the example of Christ and His priests, would wash the feet of twelve subjects; and in a practice dating back to King John 91199-1216) they gave money to the poor.
On this night when Mass is ended, the priest exchanges the chasuble for a cope, incenses the Blessed Sacrament in the ciborium, and in solemn procession carries the Ciborium to the Altar of Repose where it remains until the Liturgy of Good Friday.
There then follows the Stripping of the Altar, during which everything movable is taken from the church. Holy water fonts are emptied to be refilled at the Easter Vigil after the blessing of the water font. The purple veils of Lent which were replaced with oxblood veils on Palm Sunday, white veils of Maundy Thursday, and finally black veils of Good Friday, give us the sense of Our Lord’s suffering and death on that day called Good Friday.