Maundy Thursday April 2 5:30

Agape Dinner, Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar Thursday in Holy Week is a commemoration of the Last Supper which Jesus shared with his disciples on the night before he died. The name comes from the Latin word mandatum meaning “mandate” or “commandment” as Jesus said at the Last Supper: “I give you a new commandment: that you love one another”.

At the end of the Maundy Thursday evening service, the altar is stripped, and the ornamentation of the church removed, as a sign of our desolation in the face of Jesus’ betrayal.

Afterwards a silent vigil (watch) may be kept in church, and sometimes at home, in response to Jesus’ plea to his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane before his arrest: “Will you not watch with me one hour?”.

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