Holy Thursday, also known as “Maundy Thursday,” is the day of Holy Week, on which Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples, known as the Last Supper. Two important events are the focus of Maundy Thursday.
First, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples and thereby instituted the Sacrament of Eucharist also called Communion (Luke 22:19-20).
Second, Jesus washed the disciples’ feet as an act of humility and service, thereby setting an example that we should love and serve one another in humility (John 13:3-17). There is a foot-washing ceremony on Maundy Thursday to commemorate Jesus’ washing the feet of the disciples.
The word “Maundy” is derived from the Latin word for “command” and refers to the command Jesus gave to the disciples at the Last Supper, that they should love and serve one another.