Holy Thursday, Maundy Thursday or Jueves Santo

April 2, 2015 – Holy Thursday,  Maundy Thursday or Jueves Santo

Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo) is a bank holiday in Mexico prior to Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Jesus’ last supper is remembered on this day.

Photo of a painting of the Last Supper.  www.bigstockphoto.com | by zatletic

Photo of a painting of the Last Supper. Photo: bigstockphoto.com/ | by zatletic

Maundy Thursday is the Christian feast, or holy day, falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. The date is always between 19 March and 22 April inclusive, but these dates fall on different days depending on whether the Gregorian or Julian calendar is used liturgically.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maundy_Thursday

Last Supper, photo of a fresco painting on the ceiling of a church.  www.bigstockphoto.com | zatletic

Last Supper, photo of a fresco painting on the ceiling of a church.
Photo: bigstockphoto.com/ | by zatletic

HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances, saving only the Easter Vigil. It celebrates both the institution by Christ himself of the Eucharist and of the institution of the sacerdotal priesthood (as distinct from the ‘priesthood of all believers’) for in this, His last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover, He is the self-offered Passover Victim, and every ordained priest to this day presents this same sacrifice, by Christ’s authority and command, in exactly the same way. The Last Supper was also Christ’s farewell to His assembled disciples, some of whom would betray, desert or deny Him before the sun rose again. http://www.catholic.org/clife/lent/thurs.php