Maundy Thursday got its name from the Latin word “mandatum,” meaning “commandment.” The primary commandment of Jesus’ message is found in the story of the Last Supper, when Jesus humbled himself to wash the feet of his disciples prior to the meal. He then commands them to “Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34).
In observance of this commandment, PVUMC’s Maundy Thursday service at 7 pm in the Chapel on Thursday, April 2, 2015 includes (optional) washing of feet or hands. All are welcome to either participate or observe. Those that wish to participate will be given instructions at the appropriate time. The service also includes a celebration of communion, as we remember the Last Supper.
On Good Friday, April 3, 2015, at 7 pm in the Sanctuary, we remember how Jesus suffered and died on the cross at a reflective Taizé worship experience — with scripture, prayer, music and candlelight. Taizé worship is being incorporated in a wide variety of churches, Protestant and Catholic, and its pattern of devotion is emulated in other monastic communities around the world. Sung and chanted prayers, meditation, periods of silence, liturgical readings and private petitions offer us a way to connect with Jesus, our saviour.
On Easter, we invite you to come back to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead. Click here to read about Easter morning worship at PVUMC. Join us on that blessed and joyful morning, when we declare, “Christ is risen!”