It is the Holy Week, which is a week preceding the celebrations of Easter Sunday by Christians. Each day of the week has some holy significance to it and it is among the most important time to visit the church. It starts with Palm Sunday and ends with Easter Sunday. Today is Maundy Thursday 2019. The Holy Week started on April 14 and this year Easter 2019 will be marked on April 21. Each day of the Holy Week commemorates a crucial episode from Jesus Christ's journey to Jerusalem and his crucifixion. As today is the Maundy Thursday representing the Last Supper, we give you a little more details of the same. Holy Week 2019: Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Every Day of Passion Week Before Easter Explained.
The word 'Maundy' comes from a shortened form of the Latin word mandatum, which means "command." The commandment on this day says, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." John 13:34. The Last Supper is an iconic episode from Jesus Christ's life. He has his last meal with his followers. It is called the final Passover with his disciples. The day of Maundy Thursday is known for two main things- the last meal and Jesus's display of great humility. Jesus shared bread and wine with his friends and disciples, offering them as his body and blood. Jesus also washed the feet of his followers before the meal and also asked them to do the same for each other. Jesus served an excellent example of service to all the people.
The Maundy Thursday is a holy day which sees a solemn service for Catholics. They go to the church and remember what Jesus had done. In some countries, the ladies wear black on this day as a sign of mourning for Jesus.