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Lent- Day 38: Tonight we eat and drink, for tomorrow He dies.

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The Last Supper.

 

Today is Maundy Thursday, A.K.A., the day before Black Friday. From Wikipedia:

 

Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries, among other names) is the Christian 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.[1] It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday.[2]

 

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. Eastern churches generally use the Julian calendar, and so celebrate this feast throughout the 21st century between 1 April and 5 May in the more commonly used Gregorian calendar. The liturgy held on the evening of Maundy Thursday initiates the Easter Triduum, the period which commemorates the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ; this period includes Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and ends on the evening of Easter.[1][3] The Mass or service of worship is normally celebrated in the evening, when Friday begins according to Jewish tradition, as, according to the three Synoptic Gospels, the Last Supper was held on the feast of Passover, the seder;[4] according to the Gospel of John, however, Jesus had his last supper on Nisan 14, the night before the first night of Passover.

 

Usually, church services (well, those of us Christians who are Catholic or more "high church" Protestants) tonight will include Foot Washing, Communion and prayer... basically going through Christ's last hours before the Crucifixion. Here on the blog tonight, I'll just give you some links related to the occasion. 

 

Some interesting facts on Da Vinci's famous "Last Supper" painting here.

Thoughts from a Convert in the Confessional Line here.

Egyptian Copts prepare for Easter in the wake of a deadly Palm Sunday here.

Seven films about Jesus for Holy Week here.

Thousands of Christians are expected for tomorrow night's Holy Fire Ceremony here.

Forty Easter songs (hymns and Contemporary Christian) for 2017 here.

Four things to teach your kids about Easter here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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