Maundy Thursday, also known as “Holy Thursday” is the Thursday of Passion Week, one day before Good Friday. Maundy Thursday is the name given to the day on which Jesus celebrated the Last Supper.
Two important events are the focus of Maundy Thursday. First, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples and instituted the Communion. Second, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, thereby setting an example of humility and service.
In the Philippines, business establishments cease operations from Holy Thursday to Black Saturday. Television and radio stations either go completely off-air or broadcast special shows themed for the Holy Week. Newspapers usually have no issues during those days. Filipinos carry out the tradition of Visita Iglesia (Church visits) of fourteen churches and say the Stations of the Cross, with one station in each church.
The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word for “command” which refers to the command Jesus gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another. How did you observe Maundy Thursday?