Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday

Holy Week 2017 — Through Death to Life Series Overview

Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday, Year A

Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday, marks the last conversation Jesus has with his disciples, a conversation grounded in what he calls a new commandment (mandatum in Latin, hence our English word “Maundy”). He illustrates and underscores the new commandment by washing the disciples’ feet: “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Formation groups this week have a different goal than during the previous weeks of Lent. Previous weeks sought to inculcate habits of discipleship based on the baptismal vows. They were focused on behavior and behavioral change. During Holy Week, the focus is abiding together before God in Scripture and prayer, day after day, Monday through Friday.

Scott Hughes and Melanie Gordon have developed small-group or family devotional guides for each day of this week. Even if group members are using these personally or with their families, find time in each day to gather your group in person or online to read the reading aloud, reflect on the theme for the day, and pray for what arises as you do. Your meeting times need do no more than this. View the devotional guide »

In This Series...

Passion/Palm Sunday — Planning Notes Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday — Planning Notes Holy Friday/Good Friday — Planning Notes Easter Sunday — Planning Notes Easter Sunrise — Planning Notes