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Maundy Thursday, April 13
12:00 p.m. Holy Eucharist
5:30 p.m. *| an age-appropriate liturgy for children with foot washing
7:00 p.m.+ *| foot washing, stripping of the altar, procession of the Blessed Sacrament

Maundy Thursday begins the arc of the Triduum, the three holy days of Christ’s Passion that concludes on Easter Day. The service begins in joy, as we remember the Passover meal established by God with the Israelites on the night of their deliverance from Egypt, and later shared by Jesus and his disciples on their final night together. We also remember Jesus’ giving of a new commandment: to love one another as he has loved us (“Maundy” is from the Latin mandatum, “command”). But the mood of the liturgy quickly changes and takes on the darkness that permeates the rest of the Passion. A centerpiece of the liturgy is the act of footwashing, when we will follow Jesus’ example, take on the role of humble servant, and wash one another’s feet. The sanctuary is then prepared for the solemnity of Good Friday in an ancient ritual called the Stripping of the Altar. All holy objects are removed from the sanctuary, leaving it utterly bare. The consecrated bread and wine of the Sacrament are transferred to an Altar of Repose (located in the Library), serving as a spiritual reminder of the time that Jesus spent alone in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before his death.

+ – Incense  * – Childcare

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