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This was the evening when three major things happened to Jesus.

1. He washed his disiples' feet - a very humble task - as an example that, when he had gone, they were to serve each other with love just as he had loved them.

2. He had the last supper with them. This supper was the Passover Meal - a meal at which Jews remembered the covenant (agreement) God had made with them when they were released from captivity in Egypt. At the supper, he passed round the bread, which he said was his body, to be broken for the whole world when his crucifixion came, and the cup of win, which he said was his blood, shed for everyone for the forgiveness of sins. Ths was to mark God's NEW covenant, and that, whenever we ate or drank in this way we were to remember Jesus and what he did for us. This is the basis of the Holy Communion service in a Christian Church (sometimes called the Eucharist, Lord's supper or Mass)

3. He was arrested after being betrayed by Judas Iscariot. During the rest of the night and through the night up to Good Friday, he stood trial under the High Priest, Herod, and Pontious Pilate, before being crucified on the Friday morning.

Nowadays, on Maundy Thursday, the queen of England, as a mark of humility doesn't wash her feet (!) but instead always presents commemorative purses containing money (now more symbolic than valuable) to a selection of people representing the poor and needy.

The word Maundy is derived from the Latin mandatum from the phrase "Mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos" ("A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you"), the statement by Jesus in the Gospel of John 13:34) by which Jesus explained to the Apostles the significance of his action of washing their feet.

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