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Maundy Thursday, 03-24-16

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Maundy Thursday 2016

Maundy Thursday

March 24, 2016

With nightfall our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to celebrate the Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection. At the heart of the Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus’ commandment to love one another. As Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow his example as we humbly care for one another, especially the poor and the unloved. At the Lord’s table we remember Jesus’ sacrifice of his life, even as we are called to offer ourselves in love for the life of the world.

Exodus 12:1-4 [5-10] 11-14

Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19

1 Corinthians 11:23-26

John 13:1-17, 31b-35

 

Maundy Thursday – On this day, we remember Jesus’ last supper with his disciples in the Upper Room.  In the midst of that gathering, Jesus washes the feet of his disciples to show the example of service and humility for his believers. During this meal there is a transition. It begins as a Passover celebration, but becomes our understanding of the Holy Communion. We are inheritors of eternal life through the new covenant, the shed blood of Jesus Christ. In Latin, the word Maundy means “Command.” Christ also gives us a new commandment to “love one another.”  At the end of the Maundy Thursday worship, we move into the silence and darkness of Good Friday.