Easter is being celebrated across the world and the entire Christian world is preparing for feasting and other religious celebrations that come in its wake. The Christian faithful across the globe are preparing the entire week or rather much of the month of April with numerous celebrations.
April 9 was celebrated as Palm Sunday and was followed by Spy Wednesday that fell yesterday or April 12. April 13 is being celebrated as Maundy Thursday that will be followed by Good Friday on April 14. If that is not enough we will celebrate Holy Saturday on April 15 and then Easter Sunday on April 16. The final will be Easter Monday that will be celebrated on April 17.
So we have next few days full of religious celebrations, feasts and religious and cultural programs.
The Maundy Thursday has deep religious connotations and it is said that the day actually honours the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. Maundy Thursday is known by numerous names and people will have to work hard to memorize all the names. This includes as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries.
Maundy Thursday is celebrated by Christians across the world on the Thursday before Easter and marks three days of Easter celebration. Lent spans for 40 days, and there are numerous events celebrated in the Christian calendar during this holy period. Until 1689, in England, the custom of washing the poor’s feet by the Monarch was carried out in Westminster Abbey.
Luke 22:27-38 – ” When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” ..”
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.
And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
Luke 22:19-20 ESV
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
John 14:6 ESV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 13:1-38 ESV
Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. …