Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Last Supper: Holy Thursday(Maundy Thursday)


"Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come
to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end...He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. Read more here at John 13

Christian Customs on this Day Across Denominations:

"The Washing of the Feet is a traditional component of the celebration in many Christian Churches, including the Armenian,[36] Ethiopian, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic, Schwarzenau Brethren/German Baptist groups, Mennonites, and Roman Catholic Churches, and is becoming increasingly popular as a part of the Maundy Thursday liturgy in the Anglican/Episcopal,[37] Lutheran, Methodist, and Presbyterian Churches,[9] as well as in other Protestant denominations. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Mass of the Lord's Supper begins as usual, but the Gloria is accompanied by the ringing of bells, which are then silent until the Easter Vigil.[38] After the homily the washing of feet may be performed. The service concludes with a procession taking the Blessed Sacrament to the place of reposition. The altar is later stripped bare, as are all other altars in the church except the Altar of Repose. In pre-1970 editions, the Roman Missal envisages this being done ceremonially, to the accompaniment of Psalm 21/22,[39][40] a practice which continues in many Anglican churches. In other Christian denominations, such as the Lutheran Church or Methodist Church, the stripping of the altar and other items on the chancel also occurs, as a preparation for the somber Good Friday service.[41]" ~ Wikipedia

3 comments:

sarah said...

Thank you for this. Today is an important day!

The darling homemaker said...

Oh Yes! Thanks for this post.
Today my family and I will be going to Holy Thursday Mass.
xo,
Jacqueline

Otter Mom said...

Thank you for posting this! It seems like nobody even remembers what Easter is really all about anymore.