Lent – Day Forty-Four
Thursday, April 17, 2014 – Here come the big holy days in the Christian calendar. Today is Maundy Thursday. It is also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday, Thursday of Mysteries and Half-Price off Ladies Drinks at The Dallas Night Club Thursday. No, wait. I think that is every Thursday, not this one. The name used for this Thursday which, which falls on the Thursday before Easter, may depend on which geographical area and religious allegiance you are. In other words, the Anglicans call it one thing, the Methodists call it something different, and the Roman Catholics call it a couple of different names. Whatever the name used, it commemorates the Maundy. Maundy comes from the Latin term mandatum or mendicare. Goodness, I love Wikipedia. And yes, I thought it said Medicare at first too. But it means foot washing. You can look up the rest of the story yourself. Maundy Thursday also commemorates the Last Supper. This event was posted on the Facebook of the day by the great Leonardo Da Vinci, poster child for the ultimate visionary and gifted person. This of course is the painting depicting his idea of the event that night. It has Jesus with the Apostles sitting at a long table celebrating the feast of Passover. The event is described in the Canonical gospels (Wikipedia again). I am not sure if those are the Full Gospel Churches of East Texas or not. Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of the Easter Triduum commemorating the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus. Now if you do not observe Lent or the Easter Triduum, like the Baptists, the Church of Christ and others, you should still read this to learn the word triduum. I think triduum is a great word. It has seven letters, two of the letter U together, and will score many points in Words With Friends. Something for everyone.