Maundy Thursday & A Ritual of Remembrance

 

IN THE PASSOVER MEAL we have come to call the Last Supper, Jesus chooses to share himself – his very body and blood – with his dearest friends. Christ gives not only bread and wine to his disciples present in that moment, but he also gives them a ritual of remembrance. . His intimate, self-giving gesture meant they had something to hold on to, something they could touch and taste, something to keep Christ close. In the Last Supper, Jesus gives the gift of himself not only in that moment but for all generations to come, promising his intimate presence to all who reenact this supper.

- Sarah Parsons
A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent

(via Upper Room Daily Reflections)

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Maundy Thursday

It was my first time celebrating Maundy Thursday. I have never heard of it, and it was also a maiden celebration for my church. I was told that Maundy Thursday is the celebration of The Last Supper; bearing in mind tomorrow is Good Friday.

We had a proper meal though, with rice, potatoes, salad and roast lamb. Of course, it was not exactly a dinner fellowship. The meal went through a full liturgy with reading of the The Word. And yes, I enjoyed the meal very much. I didn’t bring my camera and that was the best shot I got with my phone. The lamb was yummy!

But you know what is the best part?

Jesus washed the feet of his disciples before he went on to be arrested and crucified, and we had the “feet washing” ceremony too. To symbolise a master washing the feet of a servant, we had.

An employer (a boss) washing the feet of an employee.
A person who has a library at home washing the feet of a student.
A husband washing the feet of his wife.
A professional working in KLCC washing the feet of a refugee social worker.
The pastor washing the feet of church council.
And a few more.

We then had holy communion (with real wine) and ended with a blessing toast.

Jesus - we partake the bread and drink the wine in remembrance of Your body broken for us and Your blood shed for us. We remember your death on the cross tomorrow, and will celebrate your resurrection this Sunday.

Here’s some pictures with some insights from Frederick Buechner:

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If the world is sane, then Jesus is mad as a hatter and the Last Supper is the Mad Tea Party. The world says, Mind your own business, and Jesus says, There is no such thing as your own business.

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The world says, Follow the wisest course and be a success, and Jesus says, Follow me and be crucified. The world says, Drive carefully-the life you save may be your own-and Jesus says, Whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

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The world says, Law and order, and Jesus says, Love. The world says, Get, and Jesus says, Give.

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In terms of the world’s sanity, Jesus is crazy as a coot, and anybody who thinks we can follow him without being a little crazy too is laboring less under a cross than under a delusion.

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