Maundy Thursday

The first day of Paschal Triduum that celebrates the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, is also known as Maundy Thursday. This day celebrates the commemoration of the Insitituion of the Eucharist (The Lord’s Supper), Institution of the Holy Priesthood (Do this in memory of Me) and the
Pedilavium (washing of feet) whose traces of which are found in the most ancient rites and are still being observed by many churches worldwide. The essence of the message is the LOVE OF CHRIST and the New Commandment to Love One Another.
Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end” Jn13:1
Tonight’s Liturgy also observes the Stripping of the Altar indicative of the beginning of the Agony in the garden of Gethsamane and the trials and the torture Jesus is being subjected to.
As we observe this Holy Day, let us remember that Jesus who loved me gave Himself up for me. He could have saved the world by sheer magic. Yet he wanted us to know that He loves us. Every blow, Every scourge and Every throbbing pain He endured for our sake to be the LAMB OF GOD who will take away the sins of the world as well as my own.

Holy Days Celebration