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What is Maundy Thursday?

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What is Mandy Thursday? from: http://christianity.about.com/ Maundy Thursday is observed during_[Holy Week_](http://christianity.about.com/od/easter/ss/Holy-Week-Timeline.htm) on the Thursday before_[Easter_](http://christianity.about.com/od/holidaytips/qt/ whatiseaster.htm). Also referred to as "_[Holy Thursday_](http://catholicism.about.com/od/holyday sandholidays/p/Holy_Thursday.htm)" or "Great Thursday" in some _[Christian denominations_](http://christianity.about.com/od/glossary/g/denomination.htm), _[Maundy Thursda y_](http://catholicism.about.com/od/Catholic-Dictionary/g /Maundy-Thursday-Definition-Of-Maundy-Thursday.htm)commemorates the _[Last Suppe r_](http://christianity.about.com/od/biblestorysummaries/p/thelastsupper .htm) when Jesus shared the_[Passover_](http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefeastsandho lidays/p/passoverfeast.htm)meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. In contrast to joyful Easter celebrations when _[Christians worship](http://christianity.about.com/od/whatdoesthebiblesay/f/sundayworship. htm) _their resurrected Savior, Maundy Thursday services are typically more solemn occasions, marked by the shadow of Jesus' betrayal. While different denominations observe Maundy Thursday in their own distinct ways, two important biblical events are the primary focus of Maundy Thursday solemnizations: Before the _[Passover meal_](http://christianity.about.com/od/biblefeastsandholidays/p/passoverfeast .htm), Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. By performing this lowly act of service, the Bible says in John 13:1 that Jesus "showed them _[the full extent of his love."](http://christianity.about.com/od/verseoftheday/qt/verseday167.htm) _By his example, Jesus demonstrated how Christians are to love one another through humble service. For this reason, many churches practice foot-washing ceremonies as a part of their Maundy Thursday services. During the Passover meal, Jesus took _[bread and wine](http://christianity.about.com/od/symbolspictures/ig/Christian- Symbols-Glossary/Bread-and-Wine.htm) _and asked his Father to bless it. He broke the bread into pieces, giving it to his disciples and said, "This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." Then he took the cup of wine, shared it with his disciples and said, "This wine is the token of God's new covenant to save you--an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you." These events recorded in Luke 22:19-20 describe the _[Last Supper](http://christianity.about.com/od/biblestorysummaries/p/thelastsupper.h tm) _and form the biblical basis for the practice of _[Communion_](http://christianity. about.com/od/faqhelpdesk/f/whatiscommunion.htm). For this reason, many churches hold special _[Communion services](http://christianity.about.com/od/churchandcommunity/ss/churchservice _5.htm) _as a part of their Maundy Thursday celebrations. Likewise, many congregations observe a traditional Passover Seder meal. ### What Does "Maundy" Mean? Derived from the Latin word__mandatum__, meaning "commandment,"__Maundy__refers to the commands Jesus gave his disciples at the _[Last Supper_](http://christianity.about.com/od/easter/ss/Holy-Week-Timeline_5.htm): to love with humility by serving one another and to remember his sacrifice. When is Maundy Thursday 2015?Visit the_[2015 Easter Calendar_](http://christianity.about.com/od/easter/qt/easter2015.htm).