It is a historical event which is getting carried on from the 13th century and is also written in the Bible about the reason for this celebration. Still, this day is remembered as an auspicious day and celebrated in the Christian community every year on Thursday (Today) and is also called the Holy Thursday. To know the reason behind this celebration, we first need to know what exactly is the Maundy Thursday.
What is Maundy Thursday?
It is a historical event and also a very important Christian celebration of Maundy Thursday where the resurrection of Jesus is marked by people around the world. As we all know that Easter is coming and so is the celebration for the Christians. Maundy is celebrated just before Easter on Thursday (today), which is the day that Jesus and all of his disciples held their famous Last Supper in Jerusalem. It was that very night where the Son of God was betrayed and crucified. Hence the day was termed the word Maundy which was derived from a Latin word “Mandatum” which means”commandment“.
Why it was called the Maundy Thursday ?
The day was called the Maundy Thursday because on that day during the Last Supper, Jesus commanded his disciples that they love and serve each other. Hence on this day, many Christians will visit Church where prayers will be chanted and oils will be burned on regards and as well as show their gratitude and guilt against the betrayal and crucifying of Jesus.
On this very day, many people also take communion, which is a ritual from the Maundy Thursday. This has its own significance where Jesus is offered bread and wine for the blood from his body after being crucified from the Last Supper. It is said that Jesus said to his disciples that ‘If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done unto you.’ On the memory of this statement by Jesus, many priests, as well as ministers, wash the feet of the members of the congregation. This was purely done by the impact of the love and humanity that still remains for the loss of God’s son.
What is Maundy Money?
It is the tradition from the 13th century, where it was seen that for the celebration of Maundy Thursday, reigning monarch giving money to the deserving pensioners on the Maundy Thursday. It is the act of humility by washing the feet of the poor which was as stated by Jesus. Hence every year on this day, the Queen goes to different Cathedrals and gives away two purses of Maundy Money to an equal number of men and women. The deciding factor of the number of gifts is equal to the age of the queen that year.
What are the two purses of Maundy Money?
There are two purses of Maundy money which is given by the Queen every year. One is the red purse which contains an allowance for provisions and clothing where the other one is the white purse which contains special silver Maundy coins which are most likely to be kept as a symbolic aim for their value but won’t be spent.
On which Cathedral will the Queen visit this year?
On this year the Queen will visit the St. George’s Winchester Cathedral for the celebration of Maundy Thursday and will be giving away Maundy money to 93 men and women reflecting hear current age. This is the pure act of love and belief as well as condemn for Jesus and the pain, betrayal & the crucifying which he went through the day on the Last Supper.