ACT UT will commemorate Maundy Thursday on April 18, 2019 as the conclusion of our Lenten season observance. We will gather in the quiet darkness of the ACT Campus House at 7 PM for our time of remembrance, prayer, worship and participating in the Lord's Supper.
So what is Maundy Thursday? On this night, Believers remember the supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, when Jesus washed the disciples' feet (John 13:1 –17) and began the practice of what we now call communion or the Lord's Supper (Matthew 26:26 –29; Mark 14:22 –25; Luke 22:13 –20; 1 Corinthians 11:23 –25).
Various traditions know the day by different names: Holy Thursday, Great Thursday, Green Thursday. In the Middle Ages Christians officially called the day the "Thursday of the Lord's Supper," and this ancient designation is still the most descriptive.
The name "Maundy" means "command" reminding us of Jesus' command to "do this in remembrance of me" whenever we participate in the Lord's Supper. The central focus of Maundy Thursday worship has always been the upper room, where Jesus on the night of his arrest, sat at the table with his disciples and instituted a solemn memorial of his new covenant through the broken bread and shared cup of his supper.
On this night we will share in the Lord's Supper and in a reader's theater play which reminds us of the significance of this holy week. Plan now to close our Lenten season observance during this special evening.