Holy Thursday (formerly known as Maundy Thursday) marks the day Jesus Christ sat down with his disciples and ate the Passover meal, popularly known as the Last Supper. The word "Maundy" is derived from the Latin word "mandatum", which means mandate or command.
Holy Thursday is observed the day before Good Friday, when during the Last Supper Jesus Christ washed the feet of his disciple and said, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another; as I have loved you.”
Maundy Thursday is the first day of the Easter Triduum, which includes Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. As we commemorate this special meal let us pray for the needs of our world, our families and our friends. May we model Jesus’ example as he washed the feet of his disciples and show his love to the world.