Our next E101 class is this Thursday, April 21, which is Maundy Thursday. Maundy means “commandment,” which refers to Jesus’ new commandment to us to “love one another as [he] loves us.” The service will start at 6:30pm. It is one of the most beautiful and dramatic liturgies in the Episcopal church. It includes a service of footwashing, where the congregation is invited to engage in that loving act of serving one another by washing each other’s feet. Then, at the end of the service, we have the “stripping of the altar” where everything goes dark and everything is taken away from the altar, much like that time where Jesus is stripped of his garments. It’s beautiful, sad, and holy.
After the service, we will meet for 30 or so minutes to reflect on the service and how it relates to how Episcopalians see Scripture, especially the New Testament. No liturgy better illustrates this than Maundy Thursday.
It will be a great evening, so please come and be a part of it. Hope to see you then! Our class in May will be on the 19th at 6:30 and we’ll be looking at the history of the Episcopal Church. Mark you calendar now!