Thursday in Holy Week is called Maundy Thursday, from the Latin for mandatum novum, "a new commandment." John 13:34 says, “After Jesus washed the feet of the disciples he said "A new commandment I give you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another." It marks the beginning of the Paschal Triduum or the Great Three Days leading up to the proclamation of the resurrection at the Easter Vigil. The Maundy Thursday Eucharist commemorates the first Eucharist at the Last Supper. The service ends in complete silence. The altar is stripped and all decorative furnishings are removed from the church in recognition of the despair and death to come.
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Earlier Event: April 17Spy Wednesday: Morning Prayer with Stations of the Cross
Later Event: April 19Good Friday Meditations