History of Maundy Thursday

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Maundy Thursday is also known as Holy Thursday.

Jesus washed the disciples feet

This is the evening Jesus partook of the last meal with his disciples and was later arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Maundy is derived from the Old Norse word Maun, meaning shall or will.  Often, it is referred to as the ritualistic foot washing, when Jesus washed the disciple’s feet.

After washing the disciple’s feet, Jesus shared a last meal with them.  During this time, he took the bread and broke in symbolizing his body and poured the wine, symbolizing his blood which was about to be shed when he was on the cross. This is now referred to as the Last Supper.

Jesus broke the bread and poured the wine to demonstrate his body and blood

He also presented his last instructions and the prophecy of what was about to happen to his disciples.

During the meal, Judas left the other meal. Jesus and his disciples then went to the Garden of Gethsemane. Later that night, Judas arrived with the officials who arrested Jesus and took him to stand trial.

Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss in the Garden of Gethsemane

Different denominations and countries have their own way of celebrating and honoring this holy day.

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