The Meaning of Holy or Maundy Thursday
Christians commemorate Jesus’ Last Supper when he broke bread and gave the cup to his disciples, initiating the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. John’s Gospel tells of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet and giving a new commandment. Maundy Thursday worship traditionally includes Holy Communion and sometimes foot washing as well.
The word Maundy comes from the Latin, mandatum, which means commandment. At the Last Supper Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.” (John 13:34)
Based on The Special Days and Seasons of the Christian Year, Abingdon Press