40 Days of Lent: Day 38

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Day 38:  Attend a Maundy Thursday Dinner and service.

 

 

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”     Matthew 26:26-29

 

Today is Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday) the day of The Last Supper and the betrayal of Christ by Judas Iscariot.  Today, reflect on the remembrance of this day in Christ’s life and attend a Maundy Thursday Dinner/Service.  You can read about what happened on this day in Matthew 26 by clicking here.

 

 

 

What is Maundy Thursday?

Maundy Thursday is also known as Holy Thursday.    It is the observation of the events that happened the day before Christ’s crucifixion.  The story and parts of the story are written about in all four Gospels:  Matthew 26, Mark 14Luke 22, and  John 13

Jesus celebrated Passover with his disciples on the day before his crucifixion.  You can read more about Passover by clicking here.  Many churches have a dinner and service, some include a Passover type dinner and most will serve Communion at this service.

Our Maundy Thursday service is a dinner but we begin the worship service at the table.  Scripture is read and Communion is served at the table.  We file into the sanctuary after that to finish the service and to remove the sanctuary of colors and ornamentation in preparation for Good Friday (the day remembering Christ’s crucifixion.)

Where did the name Maundy Thursday come from?

Most scholars believe that the English word maundy comes from the Latin mandatum which means charge or command.  It should be noted that the English word mandate also comes from mandatum.   We are all familiar with our Christian mandate:

“Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos

translation:  “A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

 

 

PCUSA suggested readings for Daily Readings in Lent–Lectionary Year A

Exod. 12:1–4 [5–10] 11–14
Ps. 116:1–2, 12–19
1 Cor. 11:23–26
John 13:1–17, 31b–35

 

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