Why is Holy Thursday sometimes called “Maundy Thursday”?

BIRDS on a cold morning

The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word mandatum, or “mandate.”

This word is used in the Latin text for John 13:34:

“Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos.”

Or, in English:

“A new commandment I give unto you,

That ye love one another; as I have loved you.”

Holy Thursday is thus sometimes called Maundy Thursday because it was on this day that Christ gave us the new commandment – the new mandate – to love one another as he loves us.

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/10-things-you-need-to-know-about-holy-thursday/


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13 responses to “Why is Holy Thursday sometimes called “Maundy Thursday”?

  1. chrissythehyphenated

    Pope Francis has chosen to live in a modest two-room apartment within the Vatican rather than the more spacious ten-room Papal Apartment on the top floor of the Apostolic Palace offers a stark contrast to the numerous reports of personal extravagance by President Obama, his family, and his administration throughout his tenure in office.



  2. chrissythehyphenated

    Tweet: If marriage so meaningless, why is TheLeft so desperate to seize & pervert the concept? Y not use civil unions?

    Hmmmmmmm … let me think. Maybe because it’s no more about gays getting married than ObamaCare is about lowering healthcare costs. They’re BOTH about advancing the Progressive World Order.

    1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will turn away from the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and demonic instructions through the hypocrisy of liars with branded consciences. They forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.


  3. chrissythehyphenated

    LOL at Twitter

    Michelle Malkin ‏@michellemalkin – Attention @JimCarrey – Turn off the caps lock key and step away from the computer slowly. #unhinged #Twittervention


  4. chrissythehyphenated

    Priceless! Larry Elder educates Jim Carrey about who Charlton Heston really was. This is a good one!



  5. chrissythehyphenated

    Oh dear. Libs must be crying in their vegan meals! Remember, they tried to boycott Chick-fil-A last year for not toeing the leftist line, and it was a total flop. Boycott? You are totally doing it wrong. The media tried to play up the “protests” (by protests, they meant one lone, sad lady with a wilting sign) and downplay the resultant Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. Not only did they fail then, but they are continuing to fail.

    Chick-fil-A fans line up and camp out across the country. California is not alone: The same thing is happening in Utah and New Jersey as well. Jersey chicken fist pump!



  6. Ting

    I never knew that about Maundy Thursday, and to tell you the truth I don’t know that I ever even stopped my crazy life long enough to wonder about it. I do sometimes go to the service at our church – I don’t recall any actual feet being washed, though. I loved reading (just the headline) about Pope Francis washing the feet of prisoners. Our bishop does wash the feet of the pastors in a special service they have at his home. I’m not sure what to think about that, but it seems to be meaningful to them.

    I think that I am going to love this Pope.

    My Dad was not well for a long time before he died, but he wasn’t all that old and nobody knew he was dying, not even his cardiologist who is a dear friend. My Dad had a real fighting spirit and a huge, fun personality so he would be one of the last people you would expect to give up on life. About 2 days before he died he told me that he dreamed he went to heaven hand in hand with the Pope, who had just died a few days before. This was also during the whole Terry Shaivo tragedy. It always makes me smile to think about that dream of his. The fact that Dad, not a Catholic, thought that the Pope would hold up a couple of days to wait to guide him into Heaven was such a pure expression of faith from a faithful but irreverent man. It was a surprising comment, which may well have turned out to be true.


    • That’s a cool story, Ting. Thanks for that.


      • chrissythehyphenated

        Ditto. … We have foot washing every Maundy Thursday. I got asked once and this year, Dearest was among the washed. I love it. We get to thinking of the pastor as the boss, so once a year, it’s good for us all, esp him, to have him get on his knees and wash parishioners’ feet.