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Holy Week 2018: Maundy Thursday


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Holy Week 2018: Maundy Thursday
Thursday, March 29 at 7 pm in the Church

"Maundy" comes from the Latin word mandatum, where we get the word "mandate." It refers to Jesus's mandate to follow the "new commandment," that we love one another. On this night we commemorate Jesus's last night on earth, where I believe he put into one evening the essence of his entire earthly ministry. We will commemorate the last supper as well as Jesus's act of foot washing, reminding each of us how we are to be servants to one another. Our Maundy Thursday service will conclude with the stripping of the altar, symbolizing what will happen the following day. Our special service at GSP will include more symbols to capture the essence of our faith. We thank Bishop Kirk Smith for being with us at this service.

Maundy Thursday night until Good Friday Noon—Keeping Watch

Another ancient tradition is for individuals to "stay awake" in the stripped church in a contemplative fashion as Jesus asked of his disciples the night before he was killed. We honor this tradition at GSP with an all-night Gospel reading. You may come for any period of time during that night. Please sign up for the time on the sheet outside the Julian Chapel.

The Watch will end when the elements are consumed at the first service at Noon on Good Friday.