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Maundy  Thursday

On   the   night   before   his   death   Jesus   had   a   final   meal   with   his   friends. Before   this   festival meal  for Passover,   Jesus   surprised   his   friends   by   washing   the   feet   of   every   person,   a   task   that   was  normally done   by   a   servant.   He   wanted   to   show   his   followers   that   they   should  love   one   another   in   humble ways.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Later   in   the   meal,   which   is   known   as   'The Last Supper',   Jesus   passed   round   bread   and   wine.   He said the   bread   was   his   body   broken   for   them   and   the   wine   was   his   blood   shed   for   them.  He told them that   he   was   going   to   die   and   that   when   they   share   bread   and   wine   they   should   remember   him. The  sharing   of   bread and wine at Masss   takes place   all   year round,   but   it   is   even    more   special   on Maundy   Thursday.   Jesus   also   told   his   friends   that   they   should   love   one    another.    It    was   later on this night that Judas betrayed Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.                                                  


The   Holy   Thursday   liturgy   is   celebrated   in   the  evening   because   Passover   begins  at  sundown.  Usually  twelve members of the congregation  come forward for  the  'washing of the feet'  Cleansing, in fact, gave this day of Holy Week the name Maundy Thursday. 


Also  at  this  service,  members of  the laity  who have been chosen as Ministers of the Eucharist are commissioned for another year.

Finally,  the  Blessed  Sacrament  is  taken  ceremoniously  to an altar of repose where it will  remain ‘entombed’ until the communion service on Good Friday. No Mass  will be celebrated again in the Church until the Easter Vigil proclaims the Resurrection.   






                                                                                  Maundy   Money


The King is to hand out Maundy money for the first time as a monarch when he carries out the ancient ritual in York.

Every year on the day before Good Friday, the monarch has presented elderly members of the Church of England with special 'Maundy' coins.

These specially minted pieces are almost always handed out to worshippers over 70, nominated by local dioceses for their contributions to the church and the community.

King Charles and the Queen Consort will attend the Royal Maundy Service in York Minister on April 6, where he will present 74 men and 74 women with specially-minted silver coins to the value of 74p - signifying Charles's age - to thank the pensioners for their service in local communities.

Recipients, who are being thanked for their outstanding Christian service, each receive two purses: one red and one white, with the white one containing the silver Maundy coins.

The red purse will contain two commemorative coins, symbolising the sovereign's historic gift of food and clothing.

This year the coins will celebrate the King's forthcoming 75th birthday and the 75th anniversary of the Windrush Generation.

The Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony which originated in the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper, before Good Friday.

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