Maundy Thursday Service April 6, 2023
Christ the King Church is pleased to offer a Maundy Thursday Communion Service on Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 6:30PM.
Communion will be served. There will be no music. The service is expected to last about an hour.
The service will include foot-washing, which is of course, optional. The service concludes with the stripping of the Table. This practice involves the removal of all adornments and decorations from the Table, leaving it bare and stark. This is meant to symbolize the abandonment and desertion of Jesus by his disciples after the Last Supper, and it serves as a reminder to Christians of the need for humility and repentance. At the end of the service, the people depart in silence.
More about Maundy Thursday rom the ACNA Book of Common Prayer 2019:
The Paschal mystery—the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ—is at the heart of the Christian Gospel. The evening of Maundy Thursday begins the Triduum (the sacred three days). This service, together with Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and The Great Vigil of Easter, form a single liturgy; thus, the final blessing and dismissal is reserved for the conclusion of the Great Vigil.
Maundy Thursday receives its name from the “mandatum” (commandment) given by our Lord: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34 ESV) At the Last Supper, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and commanded them to love and serve one another as he had done. This day commemorates the Lord’s example of servant ministry, the institution of the Eucharist, the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, and the betrayal leading to the crucifixion.