Maundy Thursday

I didn’t grow up in a liturgical tradition that followed the church year, so I was well into college before I heard of Good Friday, much less Maundy Thursday. This comes from the Latin Mandatum, the word for “command” or “mandate,” and that day is called Maundy Thursday because the night before Jesus died, he gave his disciples a new command: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).

Almighty and everlasting God, who, of thy tender love towards mankind, hast sent thy Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon him our flesh, and to suffer death upon the cross, that all mankind should follow the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant, that we may both follow the example of his patience, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Book of Common Prayer (Canadian, 1962)