16 April 2014

Maundy Thursday - 17 April 2014

Thursday 17 April 2014 at 7.30pm - Mass of the Lord’s Supper 

The name 'Maundy Thursday' relates to the word 'Mandatum' which means 'commandment'. Jesus said to those with him at the Last Supper: "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another."

One of the features of the Maundy Thursday Mass is the foot-washing, where priest and people wash and dry one another’s feet, following Jesus’ example of loving service. This is a low-key, devotional activity and there is no pressure to join in if you would prefer not to do so. 

At the end of the Mass, concecrated bread and wine are taken to the Chapel to the Altar of Repose. The altars and sanctuary space are stripped of their decorations and the Sanctuary Lamp is put out. 

The service finishes in silence, and a prayer vigil is maintained in the Chapel throughout the night.

'Ye also ought to wash one another's feet'
 
"Jesus riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded. 

After he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done 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."

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