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Family First » Great & Holy Thursday http://familyfirst.com Servings Families Online since 1998 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 20:25:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 What in the World is Maundy Thursday?http://familyfirst.com/what-in-the-world-is-maundy-thursday.html http://familyfirst.com/what-in-the-world-is-maundy-thursday.html#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:43:01 +0000 http://familyfirst.com/?p=7720 post thumbnail

My kids think today is Monday Thursday, which makes no sense. We know it’s Maundy Thursday of Holy Week but that still doesn’t make a ton of sense either. What does it mean?

According to www.christianity.com today was originally called Mandatum Thursday which means a mandate or command.

This is the day when Jesus gathered his disciples together at The Last Supper and told them:

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).” 

Today is our day to remember to love one another and remember how Jesus loved us so much he ended his time here on Earth so we could believe in him and ourselves live an eternal life with God.

As the website states, the “new” commandment (mandatum in Latin)  Jesus was talking about is that this was the first time in history someone came to Earth solely to teach about love. He was setting the new standard for love through his presence and sacrifices while in human form.

According to Ask.com this day is also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great & Holy Thursday and Thursday of Mysteries. Some churches also celebrate this day through the act of washing the feet of parishioners. This is in reverence to Christ’s washing his disciples’ feet.

In England, the Queen gives out alms or Maundy coins to needy senior citizens. According to Ask.com, in Sweden, Maundy Thursday is actually more like Halloween in America. Small children dress in witch costumes and go door to door seeking candy and coins. In many places, the church bells fall silent until Sunday and stores are closed from now until either Saturday or Monday.

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