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Oddball question #1: Why is it called Maundy Thursday?

I'm starting a new feature here: the oddball question, the question you've always wanted to know but never asked--what does 'Maudy' mean, for instance?  Why do we call it 'Good' Friday?  Why do we say 'catholic' church in the Apostles' creed?  If you have a question, you'd like me to ferret out, leave it in the comments.

Maundy.  This one is fairly easy.  Maundy is a shortened version of mandatum, the Latin word for commandment.  In John 13:34, Jesus says, "I am giving you a new commandment (mandatum). Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another." 

He says this shortly after washing the feet of the disciples (which is why the new pope is spending a part of this day washing the feet of youth in prison) and in the context of his last supper with his disciples (which is why we'll be celebrating communion tonight).  Both the act of foot washing and eating the family meal remind us of the people Jesus has commanded us to serve. 

I hope to see you tonight at 7:30 at our Mandate Thursday service.  --Casey

Posted by Casey Thompson at 12:00 PM
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