and now I know

I’ve always wondered where the Maundy of Maundy Thursday (which is today) comes from. And I’ve often thought it sounds bizarre – Monday Thursday?? So finally I checked and here’s the reason:

Maundy comes from the Latin “Mandatum” or command – as in “Mandate” – when Jesus gave his followers a new commandment, and instituted the Eucharist. The commandment is to “love one another as I have loved you”, which would lead to the ceremony in which the priests wash people’s feet, showing that they are also servants of the people. Here is a bit more background.

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