Online Encyclopedia Search Tool

Your Online Encyclopedia


Online Encylopedia and Dictionary Research Site

Online Encyclopedia Free Search Online Encyclopedia Search    Online Encyclopedia Browse    welcome to our free dictionary for your research of every kind

Online Encyclopedia

Maundy Thursday

In the Christian calendar, Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter.

The Middle English word Maundy, used only in this context, derives from Old French mandé from Latin mandamentum (commandment) do vobis "a new commandment I give unto you" (John xiii:34), words spoken by Jesus to the Apostles after washing their feet in preparation for The Last Supper.

The day has also been known as Sheer Thursday, due to the idea that it is the day of cleaning (schere) and because the churches themselves would switch liturgical colors from the dark tones of Lent.

Outside English-speaking countries it is universally known as Holy Thursday.

In the United Kingdom, the monarch traditionally distributes Maundy money.

See also

Last updated: 10-24-2004 05:10:45