March 24, 2016
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The feast of Maundy Thursday is also popularly famous as Passion Thursday is celebrated to commemorate Jesus Christ’s institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper, as mentioned in the Christian Bible. The celebration involves giving a coin to poor. Not only this, the feast of Maundy Monday was taken up with a succession of ceremonies of a joyful character. On Holy Thursday the ringing of bells ceases, the altar is stripped after vespers, and the night office is celebrated under the name of Tenebræ.
The festival of Maundy Celebration is celebrated a day before Good Friday. Many Christian Churches observe, observe a special Communion service on Maundy Thursday in memory of Jesus’ Last Supper with His disciples. Other than this Jesus washed ashed the disciples’ feet as an act of humility and service, thereby setting an example that we should love and serve one another in humility.
Today, people observe a special Lord’s Supper in the remembrance of the Last Supper, which is considered to be a good thing. Many different denominations observe this festival in their own way. What makes this festival more special is that two important biblical events focus Maundy day’s solemnizations. As a part of their Maundy Festival, there are many Christian Churches that hold special Communion services.
Most of the times all services in many churches take place in the evening, where green vegetables and salad, including spinach salad, are served as part of the tradition. The history behind this festival includes its origin from the Latin Word ‘Mandatum’ which in terms of English stands for Commandment. The message that you can get from the festival of Maundy/ Holy Thursday is to love one another as Jesus loved them.