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Maundy Thursday

What is Maundy Thursday & What Happened On This Day?

Quick Facts

  • Date: Thursday, April 18 (Western) - Thursday, April 25 (Eastern)
  • Significance: Commemoration of Jesus' Last Supper, Prediction of Judas Betrayal, Prediction of Peter's Denial, Washing of the Disciples Feet, The New Commandment and Farewell Discourse
  • Observances: Scripture readings, singing hymns, feasting on grand dinner at night, symbolic decoration, prayers, spreading love and harmony, following the religious rite of foot washing
  • Observed by: Christians
  • Also called: Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Thursday of Mysteries, and Sheer Thursday.

Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday, is the Thursday of Holy Week. The day commemorates Jesus Last Supper with his disciple and the foot washing.

Maundy Thursday is an important Christian holy day falling on the Thursday of Holy Week, a day before Good Friday (the Friday before Easter). It is the day on which Jesus celebrated the Passover Feast, predicted his betrayal, and washed the disciples’ feet.

 

 

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Section # 1: What is Maundy Thursday?


Maundy Thursday Meaning – Learn What Does Holy Thursday Means & What The Day is All About For The People of Christian Faith!

Maundy Thursday is the day when Jesus and his disciples gathered for the Passover meal, just like all the Jews did every year. Maundy Thursday is the:

  • Thursday of Holy Week / Passion Week
  • Thursday before Good Friday and Easter Sunday

The major events that happened on Maundy Thursday were:

  • Jesus Last Supper (Passover Feast)
  • The institution of the Eucharist
  • Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet
  • Jesus predicting Peter denial of Him
  • Jesus predicting his betrayal and Crucifixion
  • Jesus Farewell Discourse

Maundy Thursday is also called: Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Thursday of Mysteries, and Sheer Thursday.

 

Holy Week Days

Holy Week DaySignificance
Palm SundayJesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
Holy MondayCursing of the Fig Tree – Temple Cleansing – Jesus Authority Questioned
Holy TuesdayCommemorates the Parable of the Ten Virgins and the Parable of the talents
Holy WednesdayCommemorates the Bargain of Judas and the Parable of the Two Debtors
Holy ThursdayCommemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ
Holy FridayCommemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ
Holy SaturdayMarks the day Jesus’ body lay in the tomb and the Harrowing of Hell
Easter SundayCelebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead

The dates of Maundy Thursday are always between March 19 and April 22. The day falls on different dates depending on – Western Christianity that follows the Gregorian Calendar and the Eastern Christianity that follows the Julian Calendar.

The liturgy held on Maundy Thursday marks the start of Easter Triduum, the period which includes Good Friday, Black Saturday, and Easter Sunday – commemorating the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus.

A special Lord’s Service in memory of the Last Supper on Monday Thursday / Holy Thursday and doing a foot-washing to recall how Christ humbled Himself are some of the famous ways of observing this day.

 

Maundy Thursday Date Calendar (2019-2025)

YearEventOrthodox DateCatholic Date
2019Maundy Thursday25 April18 April
2020Maundy Thursday16 April9 April
2021Maundy Thursday29 April1 April
2022Maundy Thursday21 April14 April
2023Maundy Thursday13 April6 April
2024Maundy Thursday2 May28 March
2025Maundy Thursday17 April16 April

Maundy Thursday Origin: Why do we call it Maundy Thursday?

Maundy Thursday is a popular term used for Holy Thursday, the Thursday of Holy Week and the Thursday before the celebration of Easter Sunday.

Maundy Thursday takes its name from the Latin term “mandatum”, which means “commandment”.

On this day, after the disciple Judas had departed, Jesus said to his disciples: “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another”.

So the word “Maundy” originates from the Anglo-French word derived from the Latin “mandatum”, meaning “commandment”. Today, the name Maundy Thursday is popular among masses.

Is Maundy Thursday a Day of Obligation?

While Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday is a sacred day for Christians, it isn’t one of the six holy days of obligation. Although this day is not an obligation, it’s a beautiful time to spend in Church. You can attend the Chrism Mass in the morning and the Mass of The Lord’s Supper in the evening.

Some people confuse this day with the Solemnity of the Ascension, which is sometimes also called Holy Thursday. This Holy Day of Obligation is linked to Easter but comes 40 days after the Resurrection of Jesus.

Is Maundy Thursday a Day of Abstinence or Fast?

Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday is not a day of Abstinence or Fasting. The Church Law (Canon Law) says:

Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, is to be observed on all Fridays unless a solemnity should fall on a Friday. Abstinence and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

In this law, there’s no any mention of Holy Thursday of being a day of abstinence or fasting. Some faithful go to some degree well beyond the base necessities and fast or refrain from meat on Maundy Thursday – but that is a personal choice.

Is Maundy Thursday a Catholic term?

The term of Maundy Thursday originates from the time when Jesus during his Last Supper on Holy Thursday night, gave a commandment to his disciples, telling them to love one another. In Latin, the word for a commandment is mandatum. The Latin expression turned into the Middle English word Maundy by way of the Old French mande.

Although Maundy Thursday is the most famous name for the Thursday of Passion Week, the Holy Roman Catholic Church literature in 2017 decided to call this day Holy Thursday.

Is Maundy Thursday the Last Supper?

Maundy Thursday was the last meal that Jesus shared with his disciples. This meal later became to be called the Last Supper. All four canonical Gospels (Mt. 26:17–30, Mk. 14:12–26, Lk. 22:7–39 and Jn. 13:1–17:26) have described Jesus’ Last Supper.

The general story that is mentioned in all Gospel accounts that prompts the Last Supper is that after the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, and encounters with chief priests on Holy Monday and Holy Tuesday, Jesus and his disciples shared a supper towards the week’s end. After the feast, Jesus is betrayed by Judas, captured and crucified.

Key occasions in Jesus Last Supper on Maundy Thursday are the preparation of the disciples for Jesus departure from this world, the predictions of betrayal by Judas the Iscariot, the prediction of the upcoming denial by Peter, and the foretelling of Jesus’ death.

Is Maundy Thursday Biblical?

Although the term Maundy Thursday appears nowhere in the Bible, the Bible does mention the events of Jesus Last Supper. There are 34 Bible verses about Maundy Thursday.

The most popular scene can be found in Matthew 26:26-29 :

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Section # 2: What Happened on Maundy Thursday?


Maundy Thursday Story – An Insight Into Jesus’ Last Supper and Major Events that Took Place on Holy Thursday!

While having a Passover meal, known as Last Supper, Jesus does something very different that no one expects! First, he says one of his 12 disciples is going to betray him – help the Pharisees grab him and take him away. This freaked everybody out.

Then Jesus picked up a piece of the bread they were eating, and said, “This is my body, which is given for you.” Then he picks up the cup they were drinking from, and said, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”

In the second place, Jesus washed the feet of the disciples as an act of humbleness and service, setting a good example of love and humility for one other.

All these important events of Maundy Thursday, are mentioned in the following verses:

  • Luke 22:19-20
  • Matthew 26:17-30
  • John 13:3-17
  • Matthew 26:33-35

Holy Thursday is the recognition of the Last Dinner of Jesus Christ when he set up the sacrament of Holy Communion before his capture and crucifixion on Good Friday. The day also commemorates Jesus institution of the priesthood. The holy day falls before Easter on Thursday and forms part of Holy Week. As a Passover feast, Jesus celebrated the dinner. Christ would fulfill His key role as the Christian Passover victim to save everyone through His final sacrifice.

A look at the events that happened on Maundy Thursday or Holy Thursday.

  • Preparing the Upper Room for Passover Meal on Maundy Thursday

On the first day of the Jewish Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked him about the preparations for Passover meal. The disciples asked Jesus about his favorite place for having the meal.

In reply, Jesus asked the disciples to go into the city to a certain man and tell him that The Teacher says His appointed time is near and He wants to celebrate Passover Meal with his disciples at your house.

The disciple did as Jesus instructed them and started preparations for the Passover.

Regarding this event of Holy Thursday, (Matthew 26:17-19) says:

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover?”

He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, ‘The Teacher says: My appointed time is near. I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.’” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover.

According to the latest study by Christian scholars, the menu for the Last Supper included dishes like bean stew, bitter herbs, fish sauce, dates, aromatized wine, lamb, olives, and unleavened bread.

  • The Institution of the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday

While Jesus and His disciples were celebrating the Passover Meal, Jesus took a loaf of bread, blessed it with prayers, and then divided it. He handed over the divided pieces of bread to his disciples, saying:

“Take, eat, this is my body.”

Later during the meal, Jesus took a cup of wine, blessed it, and then distributed with his disciples, saying:

“Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

He then asked his disciples to do this in remembrance of me.

Regarding this event of Maundy Thursday, (Matthew 26:26-29) mentions:

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will never again drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

This famous event of Maundy Thursday has been regarded by Christians as the institution of the Eucharist.

  • Prediction of Judas Betrayal on Maundy Thursday

During the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, Jesus predicted that one of his twelve disciples would betray him. Jesus is depicted as repeating, despite each disciple’s declaration that he would not betray Jesus, that the betrayer would be among those who were present, and saying that there would be woe to the man who betrays Him and that it would be better for him if he had not been born.

This event of Maundy Thursday is mentioned in (Mark 14:18-21) as:

And when they had taken their places and were eating, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” They began to be distressed and to say to him one after another, “Surely, not I?”

He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the bowl with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that one by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that one not to have been born.”

  • Prediction of Peter’s Denial on Maundy Thursday

Another event that happened on Holy Thursday, is Jesus’ prediction of Peter’s denial. Jesus predicted after his arrest, Apostle Peter will deny knowledge of him three times before the rooster crows the following morning.

The following morning, after Jesus was captured by the Roman soldiers, Peter denied knowing him three times, however, after the third refusal, heard the rooster crow and remembered Jesus’ last night prediction about him. Apostle Peter then started to cry.

This event of Maundy Thursday is mentioned in (Matthew 26:33-35) :

Peter said to him, “Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.” Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.” Peter said to him, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all the disciples.

  • Washing of the Disciples’ Feet by Jesus on Maundy Thursday

When the Passover meal ended, Jesus knew that it is going to be His Last Supper. He knew that after this day, he will be arrested, crucified, and will be departing this world very soon. So as the supper ended, he got up, laid aside his garments, and took a towel, and braced himself.

Jesus poured water into a basin, and started to wash his disciples’ feet, and wiped them dry with the towel. When Jesus came to Simon Peter, he asked: “Lord will you wash my feet? I can’t get this happen, because it will be disrespecting”. After refusing two times, Jesus addressed Peter that if I don’t wash your feet, you will have not part with me. Listening to this, Simon Peter agreed and Jesus washed his feet, the same as other disciples.

This event of Maundy Thursday is mentioned in (John 13:1–15).

  • The New Commandment by Jesus on Maundy Thursday

With the New Commandment, Jesus directed his believer to “love one another” which, as indicated by the Bible, was given as a component of Jesus’ last important instructions to his disciples after the Last Supper had finished, and after Judas Iscariot has departed from the Passover Feast. The same commandment was also Jesus’ last wish in his Farewell Discourse to his disciples on Maundy Thursday.

This important Maundy Thursday event is mentioned in (John 13:33-35) :

Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one to another.

  • The Farewell Discourse by Jesus on Maundy Thursday

The night before his crucifixion, Jesus gave his Farewell Address to 11 of his followers immediately following the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday in Jerusalem. Initially, Jesus told the disciples he would go to the Father and send the Holy Spirit to lead them.

Jesus bestowed peace on the disciples and ordered them to love one another. The next portion of the speech included the allegory of The Vine that positions Jesus like the vine, the source of life for the world, and the disciples as the branches.

Jesus also warned the followers of the upcoming persecution saying:

“If the world hates you, remember that they hated me before you”. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Jesus ended his Farewell Discourse, with a long prayer for his followers and the Church to come. This was Jesus’ longest prayer ever and is called the High Priestly Priestly or Farewell Prayer.

Section # 3: What are Maundy Thursday Services & Prayers?


On Maundy Thursday, Christians commemorate Jesus Last Supper with his disciples, his predictions, washing of disciples’ feet, and the Farewell Discourse – just moments before his crucifixion the following day on Good Friday.

The six traditional Maundy Thursday services are:

  • confession and pardon
  • proclamation of the Word
  • foot-washing
  • the Lord’s Supper
  • stripping of the church
  • Tenebrae

Maundy Thursday Prayer

John 13:1-17; John 13:34-35

Lord God, You sent your Son into the world, And before his hour had come, He washed his disciples’ feet. You had given all things into his hands. He had come from you, and was going to you, And what did he do? He knelt down on the floor And washed his friends’ feet. He was their teacher and their Lord, Yet he washed their feet.

Lord God, help us learn from his example; Help us to do as he has done for us. The world will know we are his disciples If we love one another. Strengthen our hands and our wills for love And for service. Keep before our eyes the image of your Son, Who, being God, became a Servant for our sake. All glory be to him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.

Maundy Thursday in Western Christianity: Service, Prayer, Worship, Mass, Liturgy

Feet washing is a traditional part of many Christian groups celebrating Maundy Thursday. The practice is also becoming increasingly popular as part of the liturgy of Holy Thursday. The Lord’s Supper Mass begins as usual in the Catholic Church and in some Anglican churches, but Gloria comes with the bells, then silent until the Easter Vigil. Feet can be washed after the homily.

The Holy Sacrament remains exposed until the service ends with a procession leading to repositioning. The altar is then stripped bare as it is in the church, as are all the other altars except the Altar of Repose.

Maundy Thursday is prominent as the Chrism Mass day is celebrated in each diocese. The name of the Mass comes from the blessing of the holy oils used in the Sacraments throughout the year that priests are then given to return to their parishes. The Mass of Chrism is one of the most solemn and important liturgies of the liturgical year. It usually takes place on Thursday morning. It is often the largest annual gathering of clergy and believers in most dioceses.

During the mass, those present are called to renew their baptismal promises; priests/ministries also confirm that ministry by renewing the promises they made at ordination. The Mass is a priesthood celebration, with Jesus ‘ words at the Last Supper, “Do this in remembrance of Me.”

Maundy Thursday Services in Eastern Christianity: Service, Prayer, Worship, Mass, Liturgy

In the Eastern Orthodox Church, brights colors (especially white) are used as liturgical colors for Maundy Thursday. This is the only day of Holy Week when fast is relaxed to allow wine and feast consumption.

This day’s main service is Vespers combined with the liturgy of Saint Basil the Great where we can read the first Passion Gospel (John 13:31 – 18:1), which is known as the “Gospel of the Testament,” and many normal Divine liturgy hymns.

The feet-washing ceremony is usually performed in cathedrals and monasteries. In the night, all hangings and clothes are changed after the liturgy in black or any other dark color, to mark the beginning of the Passion.

*Do you know? In Greek tradition, there’s a Maundy Thursday procession during which the whole church carries a large cross with the body of Christ while the faithful prostrate. The cross is placed at the Royal Doors with the body of Christ hung on it, where the body is censed.

Section # 4: Maundy Thursday Celebrations & Activities


How is Maundy Thursday Celebrated Today? A Look At Holy Thursday Celebrations Customs Traditions Across The Globe

In the United Kingdom, Maundy Thursday is celebrated by offering “alms” to the deserving elder citizens. These coins, called Maundy money, are distributed in red and white purses, and is an ancient custom dating back to the times of Ruler Edward I. The red purse contains cash and is given in place of sustenance and clothing; the white purse has cash in the measure of one penny for each year of the Sovereign’s age.

In the Czech Republic, people enjoy meals made of fresh, green vegetables. In some countries, there is no use of the church bells until Black Saturday since “they have flown to Rome” (a euphemism).

Maundy Thursday in Sweden is the day of the witches connected with ancient folklore. Young children often dress themselves as witches and knock on doors to get easter eggs or coins. In Bulgaria, people color their Easter eggs and perform household chores for preparation for (Friday of the crucifixion).

Kerala State in India, given the huge population of Christians, the day is declared a statewide public holiday by the Government of Kerala. Pesaha bread is made at home on this day. It is made with unleavened flour and they utilize a sweet beverage made up of coconut milk and jaggery alongside this bread. When prepared, this bread is cut by the leader of the family and shared among the relatives after supplications. In certain families, a creamy sauce made up of jaggery and coconut milk is utilized alongside the Peasha bread.

In the Philippines, businesses are closed during these last days of Holy Week. TV and radio stations either go off-air or operate with special programming on shorter hours.

Holy Thursday’s tradition of visiting seven churches is an old practice and still exists among believers in countries throughout the world. In many regions, drinks, hot cross buns and other locally made snacks provide a festive atmosphere. Many Catholic observers also have ‘Last Supper’ night meal in anticipation of fasting the next day.

How Maundy Thursday is Celebrated at Home with family?

Holy Thursday, as the institution of the Holy Order and of the Holy Eucharist, is one of the greatest feasts in the Church’s year. Many Christian families celebrate Maundy Thursday at home by engaging in different Maundy Thursday activities that bring home the authentic richness of this day. These activities include: making prayers, preparing grand dishes and desserts, and observing the religious rite of the Washing of the Feet.

The house’s main dining table is decorated with a white tablecloth, imitating the white vestments of Mass, and even with good porcelain and silver. The story of the first Passover (Exodus 12:1-20) is read before or during dinner. Then, from Mathew 26:17: 30; Mark 14:12 – 26 or Luke 22:7 – 20, the New Testament reading on the Last Supper and Eucharist institution is read.

The family gathers before the meal for the feet’s washing. It begins with the father washing the mother’s feet, the mother washing the eldest kid’s feet, etc until the most youthful kid washes the father’s feet. This event brings to mind the lessons of humility and love.

Traditional Foods For Maundy Thursday Dinner:

  • Bitter Herbs (Cooked spinach and raw celery sticks dipped in salt water, mixed green salad)
  • Unleavened bread (Crackers or store-bought matzohs, pita bread or homemade unleavened bread)
  • Wine (red wine and/or grape juice)
  • Lamb (Leg of lamb, or roast lamb, lamb chops)
  • Haroset (Applesauce with raisins)
  • Roast Beef (Reminder of the Passover Lamb, and Christ the Paschal Lamb)
  • Mashed Potatoes (made with a dairy-free spread, chicken broth, salt, and garlic powder)
  • Mixed Lettuce salad and raw carrots
  • Applesauce
  • Dessert (usually cake or pastries)

Maundy Thursday Symbols & Colors

There are different symbols and icons which are connected with the Thursday of Holy Week. Take a look at different Maundy Thursday symbols and learn what each symbolic gesture symbolizes.

Washing of the feet – It is the most common symbol of Maundy Thursday. This symbolic gesture emphasizes the call to service. Just as Jesus bent down to wash the feet of his disciples after his Last Supper, we are to bend down in service of humanity.

The celebration of the Eucharist – On this night, when Christians recognize Jesus’ establishment of the Eucharist and his order to do this in memory of him, they take extraordinary consideration in praising the Eucharist especially well.

Procession with the Blessed Sacrament – Since Christians don’t commend the Eucharist on Good Friday, they reserve the Body of Christ for the festival of Lord’s Passion the following day. Toward the finish of Mass on Holy Thursday, the faithful convey the Blessed Sacrament to a position of repose where the vigil is kept till midnight.

Collection of Gifts for Poor – Although every day of lives the believers have to look after the poor, on Holy Thursday the collection of gifts and money for the poor, a part of the Mass, underlines this deeply Christian call.

Maundy Thursday Colors – The colors used on Maundy Thursday are white, purple, gold, and scarlet. White or Gold color symbolize the church’s rejoicing in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Purple symbolizes repentance from sin and also a symbol of Christ’s sovereignty. Scarlet is the color of the Holy Spirit and is also associated with Christ’s death on the cross.

Section # 5: Maundy Thursday Quotes Images Wishes


To help you celebrate this Maundy Thursday in a truly catholic spirit, here is the latest collection of latest Maundy Thursday quotes, wishes, and images. Share these with your friends and family, and observe this Holy Thursday in a unique style of commemorating Jesus Last Supper. You can also use them for E-cards, wallpapers, as free graphics, sharing on social media, and Maundy Thursday images as your WhatsApp dp.

The branches are decorated by a woman's hand with Easter bunnies and Easter eggs

Pesaha Appam and Paal a religious food for Christians made of rice flour on Maundy Thursday for Passover feast called Pesach

Maundy Thursday Quotes

  • The washing of the feet and the sacrament of the Eucharist: two expressions of one and the same mystery of love entrusted to the disciples, so that, Jesus says, “as I have done… so also must you do”  – Pope John Paul III
  • Throw myself at the foot of the Tabernacle like a dog at the foot of his Master – St. John Vianney
  • I throw myself at the foot of the Tabernacle like a dog at the foot of his Master. St. John Vianney
  • When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now. Blessed Mother Teresa
  • I hunger for the bread of God, the flesh of Jesus Christ … I long to drink of his blood, the gift of unending love. St. Ignatius of Antioch

Maundy Thursday Greetings & Wishes

  • Blessed Maundy Thursday. May the Lord Bless you and Protect your family throughout the day.
  • May on this Maundy Thursday we start it with Prayers and Love so that we can bring God’s mercy and forgiveness on all mankind. Let’s Pray together. Have a blessed Maundy Thursday 2019!
  • Blesses Holy Thursday. For me, this is sadder than good Friday. This is the time when Jesus offered himself as the lamb at the last supper.
  • As he bathes our feet and feeds us with his very self he simply asks us: Let me love you. Happy Holy Thursday.
  • Shed for you and For all people for the forgiveness of sin

Maundy Thursday – Quick Facts

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday of Holy or Passion Week. The day commemorates Jesus Last Supper (Passover meal) with his disciples, Jesus’ prediction of Judas betrayal and Peter’s denial, Jesus’ washing of the feet, and His Farewell Discourse. Maundy Thursday is followed by Good Friday, Black Saturday, and Easter Sunday.

Date: Thursday, April 18 (Western) – Thursday, April 25 (Eastern)

Significance: Commemoration of Jesus’ Last Supper, Prediction of Judas Betrayal, Prediction of Peter’s Denial, Washing of the Disciples Feet, The New Commandment and Farewell Discourse

Observances: Scripture readings, singing hymns, feasting on grand dinner at night, symbolic decoration, prayers, spreading love and harmony, following the religious rite of foot washing

Observed by: Christians

Also called: Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Thursday of Mysteries, and Sheer Thursday.

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