The Christian Life: Examining the History and Meaning behind Holy Thursday

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Examining the History and Meaning behind Holy Thursday

By: Denise N. Fyffe

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Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday, is an important day in the Christian calendar. It marks the beginning of the Easter Triduum, the three-day period that leads up to Easter Sunday. In this article, we will explore the history and meaning behind Holy Thursday and look at some Bible verses that help us to understand its significance.

Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, the final meal that Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion. During the Last Supper, Jesus broke bread and shared wine with his disciples, telling them that the bread represented his body and the wine his blood. This act of sharing the bread and wine has become known as the Eucharist, or Communion, and is a central part of Christian worship to this day.

In the Gospel of John, we read about Jesus washing his disciples’ feet during the Last Supper. This act of humility and service has become an important part of Holy Thursday celebrations, with many churches reenacting the washing of feet as a reminder of the importance of serving others. John 13:14-15 says, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

Another important aspect of Holy Thursday is the institution of the priesthood. During the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples to continue celebrating the Eucharist in remembrance of him, and to do so in his name. This act has been interpreted as the establishment of the priesthood, with priests serving as intermediaries between God and humanity. In Luke 22:19-20, Jesus says, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me… This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”

In conclusion, Holy Thursday is a significant day in the Christian calendar, marking the beginning of the Easter Triduum and commemorating the Last Supper. Through the Eucharist, the washing of feet, and the establishment of the priesthood, we are reminded of Jesus’ love and sacrifice for us. Let us take time on this day to reflect on his example of humility and service, and to consider how we can follow in his footsteps.

Bible Study:

Holy Thursday is also a day of reflection and contemplation, as we remember Jesus’ sacrifice and the events that led up to his crucifixion. It is a time to reflect on our own lives and consider how we can follow Jesus’ example of humility and service. As we read in Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”



About the writer: Denise N. Fyffe is a published author of over 50 fiction and non-fiction books. She started Revealing the Christian Life Ministry to help other Christians and provide support. She is also a trainer and mentors aspiring writers toward achieving their goals.

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