What Is A Maundy?

Posted: April 18, 2011 in Theology

Maundy Thursday is the day before Good Friday. Do you know why it’s called Maundy Thursday? As it turns out, there is some controversy as to the origination of the name. Some say it is derived from the Latin word mandatum which is the first word in the Latin translation of John 13:34.

“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”

These were the words spoken by Christ at the last supper which is traditionally believed to be on a Thursday.

Others believe the term comes from the Latin word maundsor which is the name of the baskets used to collect money for the poor on this day of the holy week.

Which one is correct? Christ commanded us to love one another. Giving to the poor is an expression of love. I say both Maundys.

Happy Easter!


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