On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Where do you want us to make preparations for you to eat the Passover? He replied, “Go into the city to a certain man and tell him, The Teacher says: My appointed time is near, I am going to celebrate the Passover with my disciples at your house.” So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them and prepared the Passover. When evening came, Jesus was reclining at the table with the twelve. And while they were eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me.” They were very sad and began to say to him one after the other. Surely you don’t mean me, Lord?” Jesus replied, “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to the man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been. Then Judas Iscariot, the one who would betray him, said “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi.” Jesus answered, “You have said so” While they were eating, Jesus took bread and when he had given thanks, he broke it and give to his disciples saying, “Take and eat, this is my body broken for you.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave to his disciples saying, ” Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom. When they had sung a hymn they went out to the Mount of Olives.
Holy Thursday is also call ” Maundy Thursday to many Christians, the word “Maundy” comes to us an Anglo-French word derived from the Latin, “man datum” which means “commandment.” It refers to when Jesus was in the Upper Room during the last supper, and saying to his disciples, ” A new commandment I give you is this, that you love one another, even as I have love you, that you love one another. ( John 13:34)
The first Epistle to the Corinthians contains the earliest known mention of the Last Supper. The four canonical Gospels all state that the Last Supper took place toward the end of the week, after Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem and that Jesus and the apostles shared a meal before Jesus was crucified at that end of that week. Scholars have looked at the Last Supper as the source of early Christian Eucharistic traditions, since it provides the scriptural basis for the Eucharist, also know as “Holy Communion”, or the Lord’s Supper. The Last Supper served the dual purpose of venerating Passover ( the escape of the Jews from slavery in Egypt which can be found in the second book of the Old Testament know as Exodus) as and the establishment of a new tradition, Christianity.
There are different ways that Christian church’s celebrate the Last Supper, some have a special meal before Holy Communion, others do the celebration of communion around a big long tables as Jesus and his disciples did so many years ago. Also in some church’s they have the foot washing, as Jesus did unto his disciples which is found in the Gospel of John 13: 1-16. By the end of the service of that the altar is stripped of everything in preparing our hearts for Good Friday, Jesus ( our Lord and Savior) being Crucified the very next day.