Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries) is a Holy Week tradition. Most Christians celebrate “Maundy” and we in the western church have ours on the Thursday before Easter. This a church term is from the latin word “Mandate” or commandment and speaks to Christ’s command to take care of the poor.
For the last 1000 years or so, the Church would have Maundy to wash the feet of the poor as an act of servanthood. This evolved into a service around the scripture’s story of Christ washing the feet of his disciples. Later was added the gift of Holy Communion, (or Eucharist) described at the last supper discourse. After that last supper, they sang a hymn and went into the garden to unknowingly wait for the crucifixion. We remember this in the silence of Saturday before the feast and joy of Resurrection morning.
What is truly represents is what the photograph shows-IT IS ABOUT WORK OF THE CHURCH. The sacraments, caring for people and worship are the work and craft of the Christian disciple. Holy Thursday is a work day in the highest sense of the Kingdom of God. Faith in Christ is not a possession, it is a calling a compulsion to be like Jesus. Maundy shows the privilege and responsibility to serve as the plain scriptural command of Jesus.
On this Holy week you are invited to attend this special service at 6:30 at our church, Cheatham Memorial UMC in Edgewood Texas. If you are not in our area, find your place in a faithful congregation to share a service with. Our website with the particulars is cheathamumc.net. Our table is open to all who claim the name of Christ and this service is open to all who simply want to worship as a sign of devotion to Him. Join us and experience the story beyond a mere reading. It may sound corny but Jesus is waiting for you here.
Blessings to you and may every week be Holy Week as you rejoice in the Risen Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.