Maundy Thursday


Maun·​dy Thursday ˈmȯn-dē- How to pronounce Maundy Thursday (audio)
: the Thursday before Easter observed in commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist

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Recent Examples on the Web Here, see all the best photos of King Charles and Queen Camilla on Maundy Thursday 2023: The King and Queen Consort wave to the crowds outside York Minister. Town & Country, 7 Apr. 2023 Some of those traditions, like Maundy Thursday services, are similar to how the occasion is recognized in Hispanic countries, according to Rev. Scott Murphy, the church's pastor. Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez, The Courier-Journal, 5 Apr. 2023 What is Maundy Thursday? Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday as the Roman Catholic Church calls it, is commemorated on the last Thursday of Lent. Jennie Key, The Enquirer, 3 Apr. 2023 The day after Holy Wednesday is Maundy Thursday, which commemorates the Last Supper between Jesus and his disciples. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, 12 Dec. 2022 The monarch devised a safe, socially-distant way to carry out her pre-Easter tradition, known as Maundy Thursday. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Apr. 2021 Lent always begins on Ash Wednesday (the Sunday after the first full moon in the March equinox) and ends on Maundy Thursday, which is celebrated four days before Easter Sunday. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Mar. 2021 The Reverend Danny Bryant, a former teacher at the Covenant School, noted that the expulsion of the legislators was taking place on Maundy Thursday, when Jesus was betrayed. Ruth Graham, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2023 Events such as Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday culminate in the observance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. Jemar Tisby, CNN, 8 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English maunde ceremony of washing the feet of the poor on Maundy Thursday, from Anglo-French mandet, from Latin mandatum command; from Jesus' words in John 13:34 — more at mandate

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Maundy Thursday was in the 15th century

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“Maundy Thursday.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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Maundy Thursday

Maun·​dy Thursday ˌmȯn-dē- How to pronounce Maundy Thursday (audio)
: the Thursday before Easter

Middle English maunde "ceremony of washing the feet of the poor on the Thursday before Easter," from early French mandé (same meaning), from Latin mandatum "command"; so called from Jesus' words "A new Commandment I give to you …" in John 13:34 (RSV) after he washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper

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