I know, right? What’s Maundy Thursday? What’s that all about?
True confessions of an old preacher: It slips my mind every year. All that seminary. Years of church work. I’m not exactly “new.” You’d think I’d know that off the top of my head by now. Could be the sign of a cluttered mind…
I have to look it up every year. Why can’t I remember that Maundy is Latin (Mandatum) for “mandate” or command? Somebody asked me about it on Palm Sunday and I’m sheepishly doing a quick Google search on my phone.
It’s about the commandment from Jesus in John 13:34-35. “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
So, Maundy Thursday night (tomorrow at 7:30pm in Webb Chapel), join us for worship to observe The Lord’s Supper and a Tenebrae service (Service of the Shadows) to celebrate the Last Supper (Jesus’ final Passover meal with the disciples) and the darkening of the chapel symbolic of his arrest and crucifixion. We depart in darkness and silence to sit vigil through the weekend before the Resurrection of the Lord celebration on Easter Sunday!
Maundy Thursday is a very moving service! Come and see.
Now that you know what it is, your spirit will thank you.
Grace & Peace,