Maundy Thursday

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the Thursday of Holy Week, commemorating Jesus' Last Supper and His washing of the disciples' feet upon that day.
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Origin of Maundy Thursday

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50

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What is Maundy Thursday?

Maundy Thursday is another name for Holy Thursday—the day on which Christians commemorate Jesus’s Last Supper. It’s the day before Good Friday, which marks Jesus’s crucifixion and death. The name Maundy Thursday is used In the U.K. and some other places.

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday of Holy Week, which is the week before Easter, from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday. On Easter, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

When is Maundy Thursday?

In 2022, Maundy Thursday falls on April 14. In 2023, it falls on April 6.

Maundy Thursday is always the Thursday before Easter, but Easter moves every year. This means that Maundy Thursday can fall anytime between March 19 and April 22.

Why is it called Maundy Thursday?

The first records of the term Maundy Thursday come from the 1400s. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, which is the basis of the Christian ritual variously celebrated as Communion or Eucharist. According to biblical accounts of the Last Supper, it was also when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples.

The Maundy in Maundy Thursday comes from the Latin mandātum, meaning “command” or “mandate,” a reference to the “new commandment” that Jesus gave to his disciples after washing their feet: “Love one another, as I have loved you.”

In Britain, it is a Maundy Thursday tradition for the Queen (or King, when there is one) to give out pouches of coins called Maundy money.

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How is Maundy Thursday discussed in real life?

The name Maundy Thursday is most commonly used in the U.K.


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British Dictionary definitions for Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday

Christianity the Thursday before Easter observed as a commemoration of the Last Supper
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