Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus shared the Passover meal with his disciples on the night before he was crucified. In contrast to joyful Easter celebrations when Christians worship their resurrected Savior,
Maundy Thursday services are typically more solemn occasions, marked by the shadow of Jesus' betrayal.While different denominations observe Maundy Thursday in their own distinct ways, two important biblical events are the primary focus of Maundy Thursday solemnization: Before the Passover meal, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. By performing this lowly act of service, the Bible says in John 13:1 that Jesus "showed them the full extent of his love." By his example, Jesus demonstrated how Christians are to love one another through humble service. For this reason, many churches practice foot-washing ceremonies as a part of their Maundy Thursday services.
"This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me." Then he took the cup of wine, shared it with his disciples and said, "This wine is the token of God's new covenant to save you--an agreement sealed with the blood I will pour out for you." These events recorded in Luke 22:19-20 describe the Last Supper and form the biblical basis for the practice of Communion. For this reason, many churches hold special Communion services as a part of their Maundy Thursday celebrations. Likewise, many congregations observe a traditional Passover Seder meal.
Directions: By Train #4 train to 176th St walk to 177th St, make a left and walk two blocks. Or take D train to Tremont Ave then walk two blocks west towards Morris Avenue and then left to the corner. By Bus: Bx #1 or #2 to Tremont Avenue, West to Morris Avenue, Left on Morris Avenue, one block. By Car: I95 North or South to Jerome Avenue. Go to 177th Street, turn right; church is two blocks up.