Tonight we begin the three day worship service, celebrated since ancient times as the Triduum (three days). This evening is the Liturgy for Maundy Thursday, when our Lord gave us a new commandment,
to love one another as he has loved us. The word ‘Maundy’ is an old English corruption of the Latin word for commandment, ‘mandatum’.
This evening we share in the example of the master serving the disciples, as we experience the footwashing. Then, we celebrate and remember (participate in) the Lord’s Supper, instituted for us first on this night so long ago, when Jesus gathered his disciples in that upper room to celebrate and remember the Passover.
Part Two of the Triduum will be observed tomorrow morning at 10:30, when we gather again to resume our worship on Good Friday. We will hear the reading of the Passion of Our Lord according to St. John in seven parts, as Tenebrae, Jesus’ descent into the darkness of death. Finally, the Adoration of the Crucified…