I was asked to help design a Maunday Thursday service at my church and it struck me that I don’t know a lot about that traditional practice having been in more non – denominational churches in resent years.
The following findings are websites that looked interesting to me as I researched. They may be helpful for other peoples in the same place as me, looking for resources for a Maunday service. I hope this can be of help for other people as they go through worship design planning.
“The Thursday before Easter is known as either Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday. Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command,” and refers to Jesus’ commandment to the disciples to “Love one another as I have loved you.”
The above paining by Fr Sieger Köder, I have loved for years, and stumbled across again, when researching. I first came in contact with this artist when I was on a mission trip in Latvia and Lithuania and love this artists work. Sadly, I discovered when research that he passed away 9th February 2015.
The word ‘tenebrae’ is Latin for shadows. The purpose of the Tenebrae service is to recreate the emotional aspects of the passion story, so this is not supposed to be a happy service, because the occasion is not happy. If your expectation of Christian worship is that it should always be happy and exhilarating, you won’t appreciate this service until the second time you attend it.
The service of Tenebrae, meaning “darkness” or “shadows,” has been practiced by the church since medieval times. Once a service for the monastic community, Tenebrae later became an important part of the worship of the common folk during Holy Week. We join Christians of many generations throughout the world in using the liturgy of Tenebrae.