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 and into the morning of Good Friday.