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Maundy Thursday Liturgy
March 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Maundy Thursday Liturgy has a dual focus. On the night before he died for us, we remember that Jesus instituted the sacrament of his Body and Blood, and that after doing so, he washed his disciples’ feet. “Maundy Thursday” comes from the Latin phrase mandatum novum, “new commandment,” since after the washing of feet Jesus said to his disciples, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (St. John 13:34) The scene is reenacted in our liturgy with the celebrant washing the feet of the acolytes.
Following our celebration of the Holy Eucharist that night, the reserved Sacrament is removed to the Altar of Repose in the chapel, and the church’s altar is stripped: this dramatizes how Christ was betrayed and forsaken after sharing this last meal with his disciples. Following this is The Watch, where parishioners keep vigil in the chapel until 9:00 am Friday morning. All are encouraged to sign up for a half-hour shift.