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Easter: Maundy Thursday

What do Christians remember on Maundy Thursday?

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday of Holy Week, the Thursday before Easter Day. On this day Christians remember the event known as The Last Supper. It was also the night when Jesus went to the garden of Gethsemane to pray. He was later betrayed by Judas and arrested by soldiers and guards.

‘Maundy’ is an old word for a commandment. This word is used because, over dinner, Jesus gave his disciples an important commandment, to love one another as he had loved them. Jesus and his disciples, like thousands of other Jews, had gone to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of the Unleavened Bread. The Passover was part of this annual Jewish festival that celebrated the escape of Moses and the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt.

Watch this video to learn more about Maundy Thursday.

You can find out how Christians mark Maundy Thursday here.

You can read the story of the Last Supper for yourself in Matthew 26, Mark 14, Luke 22and John 13.