Maundy Thursday – What is it?
Maundy Thursday, sometimes called Holy Thursday, is celebrated the Thursday before Easter. On this day, participants remember Jesus’ last supper with His disciples. During this last supper, Jesus also washed the disciples’ feet.
The name “Maundy” comes from the first word of the Latin phrase "Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos" ("A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another") (John 13:34).
Maundy Thursday services often include the observance of communion (the Lord’s Supper) and some churches also have a foot washing service.
Maundy Thursday – Biblical Account of the Lord’s Supper
John 13:1-11 gives the account of foot washing, which is often observed on Maundy Thursday:
Maundy Thursday – What can we learn?
The events of Maundy Thursday highlight the humility and servanthood of Jesus. His command to His disciples is a command that He leaves for us as well, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).