Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus and his disciples. It is during this meal that Jesus initiates the celebration of the Eucharist or Lord’s Supper, washes the feet of his disciples in a moving moment of humble service, and instructs his disciples:
“A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you.” (John 13:34)
In Latin the word commandment is mandatum, and many scholars think this Latin term is the source of the odd word Maundy. At Trinity Presbyterian Church, we reflect on the Last Supper and on Jesus’ coming death in a Communion/Tenebrae service, or service of darkness. One by one the candles in the church are extinguished and the lights dim as we remember Jesus’ time in the garden, his trial and suffering, until finally, with his crucifixion, darkness comes and we leave the church silently, struck by a more profound understanding of the disciples’ grief and loss of hope.
Maundy Thursday will be celebrated at 7 pm in the Great Hall. Childcare is available for infants through preschoolers.
This service is one of many opportunities to connect with God through Passionate Worship at Trinity Presbyterian Church.