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  • A mosaic of the Last Supper, also considered to be the first Eucharist, adorns the chapel at the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration monastery in Clyde Missouri.Reuters
  • Six of twelve priests prepare for washing of the feet on Maundy Thursday.Reuters

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter, observed to commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his Apostles, a day before his crucifixion. This year it falls March 24.

"Maundy" is derived from the Latin word "mandatum," which means mandate or command. Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist during the Last Supper, and according to the Holy Bible, he washed the feet of his disciples as a sign of love and humility.

It is the first day of the Easter Triduum, which includes Good Friday and Easter. As part of the Maundy Thursday observance, priests in Catholic and Anglican churches wash the feet of 12 people.

Check out some quotes by famous personalities on the Holy Week here:

The washing of the feet and the sacrament of the Eucharist: two expressions of one and the same mystery of love entrusted to the disciples, so that, Jesus says, "as I have done... so also must you do" (Jn 13: 15). — Pope John Paul II

When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then. When you look at the Sacred Host you understand how much Jesus loves you now. — Blessed Mother Teresa

The Eucharist is the Sacrament of Love; It signifies Love, it produces Love. — Saint Thomas Aquinas

It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do so without the Holy Mass.— Saint Padre Pio

Earth's saddest day and gladdest day were just three days apart! — Susan Coolidge, author

Check out some Bible verses to be shared on Maundy Thursday here:

And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, "Take; this is my body." And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. And he said to them, "This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. — Mark 14:22-24

Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, "Take, eat; this is my body." And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, "Drink of it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom." — Matthew 26:26-29

So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. — John 6:53

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. — John 14:6

"In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence." — Hebrews 11:1

Source: Open Bible