The first day if Holy Week is the Sunday of the Passion, also known as Palm Sunday. The mood of this day is a mixture of triumph and tragedy. We observe both Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem as well as his death on the cross.
Maundy Thursday recalls Jesus' example of loving service and his institution of the eucharist during the Last Supper in the upper room. The name of the day is from the Latin word mandatum, which means command. It refers to Jesus' words at the Last Supper, "I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you should love one another" (John 13:34)
Paraments for Maundy Thursday are scarlet or white. Holy Commuinon is always celebrated on Maundy Thursday.
At the conclusion of the Maundy Thursday liturgy, the altar is stripped in preparation for the austerity of Good Friday, and as a symbolic remembrance of Christ's humiliation by the soldiers.
Maunday Thursday is the first day of the Tridum, the three days of intense observance of the paschal mystery. Beginning with Maundy Thursday evening, the Tridum concludes Easter Evening. It is the most sacred and important time of the entire church year.
He is Risen!!!
1 Stauffer, S. Anita. Altar Guild and Sacristy Handbook [Fourth Revised Edition]. Augsburg Fortress. 2014
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