The King’s Feast

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The name for this day comes from the Latin word “mandatum,” meaning
“commandment.” It refers to the two “new” commandments our Lord gave to
His disciples on this day. The first is, “Love one another”; the second
is, “Do this in remembrance of Me.” Our service today is “Part One” of
what the early Church observed as “the triduum,” a three-day remembrance of
the events of our Lord’s suffering, death, and resurrection: Maundy
Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. Tonight’s Maundy Thursday service is
intended to bring us into the story of the Son of Man coming to serve us.
This evening we will commemorate some of the events at our Lord’s Last
Supper, including a foot washing as well as receiving Holy Communion in a
way that recalls that Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper as they were
“reclining at table.” (Mark 14:18)