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Frequently Asked Questions
regarding
THE MEANING OF
"MAUDY THURSDAY."


Q. 1. Can you tell me the meaning of "Maudy Thursday?"

A. 1. Maundy Thursday is the common and popular name for Holy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter Sunday. It gets its name from the Latin word "mandatum", which means "commandment."

On Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday), the Catholic Church commemorates the Last Supper (the Passover), the night when Jesus, in the presence of His disciples, instituted the Eucharist, the Mass, and the priesthood.

Since 1969, Maundy Thursday marks the end of the Liturgical Season of Lent in the Catholic Church.

Maudy Thursday is known under different religious names throughout the world, such as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries.

On Holy Thursday, Jesus commanded His disciples to "Love one another as I have loved you."

During the Passover meal, Jesus breaks bread and gives it to his Disciples, uttering the words, "This is my body, which is given for you." Then, He passes a cup filled with wine and says, "This is my blood..."

Christians believe that those who eat of Christ's flesh and blood shall have eternal life.



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