Maundy Thursday takes its name from the Latin Mandatum, a reference to the “New Commandment” Jesus gave us to “Love one another.” On Maundy Thursday, Christians remember Jesus putting on the garment of a servant and washing the feet of his friends. Maundy Thursday also recalls the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion in the Upper Room at the Last Supper.
Due to Covid-19 protocols, we will not observe the liturgy of foot washing this year, but we will celebrate Holy Communion. The service will be pre-recorded and can be viewed on YouTube starting at 7 pm on Thursday, April 1.
Members of the Pastoral Care Commission will be in the church at the following times to distribute pre-consecrated Communion, which you may take home to receive while viewing the service.
- Wednesday, March 31: 5 pm – 7 pm
- Thursday, April 1: 10 am – 12 pm
Maundy Thursday Vigil
The Scriptures tell us that Jesus was troubled when supper was over. He and the disciples went to a garden to pray. The disciples slept as Jesus struggled in prayer. We come to the Chapel at St. Martin’s to sit, pray, and remember Jesus choosing the Way of the Cross.
An Altar of Repose will be set up in the Chapel and will be open throughout the night from 7 pm until 7 am on Good Friday for a vigil in which one can pray or meditate before the Blessed Sacrament. We pray for 1-hour increments, two people or families at a time.
We ask that you follow COVID protocols including wearing your mask and distancing 6 feet apart.
To sign up for a slot, please call Becky Snell at 817-688-7345.