Thursday of Holy Week is the first day of a most ancient three day Christian observance known as the Triduum (TRIH-doo-um). These three days, the earliest observance of Christian faith, focus intensely on Christ’s passage from death to life; from Maundy Thursday evening through Easter evening.
The Triduum has been observed liturgically since the 4th century. Originally it consisted of Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday; later it included Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Currently, the Triduum begins with the evening Holy Communion liturgy on MaundyThursday and concludes with the prayer service on Easter evening. The Triduum is a single unified observance of Christ’s passion and resurrection. The Triduum is the culmination and climax of the entire church year; its liturgies are central to the Christian faith and life, for they celebrate the most important event in salvation history: Christ’s redemptive passage from crucifixion to burial and resurrection.
Today is Maundy Thursday (named for the Latin word mandatum which means “command”).
On this day the liturgy commemorates the institution of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion), the rite of foot-washing (as a sign of service), and the betrayal of Jesus..
Virtually all Christian churches celebrate the practice of Holy Communion (Mass, Eucharist, or Lord’s Supper) in some form. Matthew, Mark and Luke each record the original Passover meal when Jesus instituted the practice.
Today at noon, and tonight at 7:00pm, we will participate in the rite of footwashing as well as celebrate the institution of Holy Communion during our Maundy Thursday worship services. We will gather to serve each other and to share our family meal of thanksgiving.
Join us! It won’t be the same without you here!