What is Maundy Thursday? Ilford priest explains

Elias Hubbard
March 29, 2018

This is due to the feet washing taking place after Jesus Christ's Last Supper with the disciples.

The holy day gets its name from the act of washing of feet.

Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday, is one of numerous events during lent. In Bulgaria, it marks the day when people traditionally color Easter eggs and begin to prepare for the Easter celebrations.

But just what exactly is Maundy Thursday?

The day is also sometimes simply referred to as Holy Thursday.

Some of the denominations that celebrate the holy day include Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Mennonites, and Catholics.

The site Living Lutheran notes that the bare altar "symbolizes the abandonment of Jesus by his disciples and the stripping of Jesus by the soldiers before his crucifixion".

"It seems nearly a shame to see the altar that way, and so when the women are finished undressing it someone turns out the lights, and the congregation files out in silence". Here's all you need to know about what it is, when it is, why it's called Maundy Thursday, how it's celebrated in the United Kingdom, what the origins of Maundy Thursday services are and how else it's celebrated throughout the world.

Expand | Collapse (Photo: Reuters/Toby Melville) Britain's Queen Elizabeth in Windsor, Britain, April 20, 2016.

Christ Community Church will hold a Maundy Thursday traditional Seder on Thursday, March 29 from 7 to8:30 p.m.

Maundy money is made up of coins that have been specially minted for the occasion - they are legal tender and are highly collectable.

The feet washing tradition, however, ended in the 18th century under King James II.

The image of The Queen on ordinary coinage has changed over the years, but Maundy coins still show the same portrait, by Mary Gillick, as the first coins issued in the year of her coronation in 1953.

Some churches will host all night vigils following the stripping of the altar to remember Christ's time in the Garden of Gethsemane. "For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!"

When is Maundy Thursday 2018?

Mass of the Lord's Supper are preserved for use on the following day, Good Friday.

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