The Last Supper, after the Fresco by Leonardo Da Vinci circa 1635, Rembrandt van Rijn

Our Maundy Thursday services are on April 5 at noon and 7:00 p.m.

Maundy Thursday, also called Holy Thursday, is a service that commemorates the Last Supper, the historical event that we remember in each Eucharist. The word Maundy comes from the Latin mandatum, which means “commandment.” At the Last Supper, Jesus gave the disciples a new commandment, saying, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another” (John 13:34). Prior to the Last Supper, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. An expression going beyond customary hospitality, it was a another sign of what was to come, an example of Jesus’ humility, and a  model for leaders today.

Our noontime service will highlight the Last Supper, while the 7:00 p.m. liturgy focuses on Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet and concludes with the stripping of the altar for Good Friday. Both services include Holy Communion. You are encouraged to participate in both services as you are able.

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. – The Collect for the day, BCP