Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday, is part of Holy Week; the Church’s celebration of the final days of Christ’s life on earth. It begins with his entrance into Jerusalem on Passion (Palm) Sunday, reaches its summit with the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening, and concludes with Vespers of Easter Sunday.
We experienced the Extraordinary From (Latin Mass) on Maundy Thursday. The Church was beautiful and the experience was memorable. The statues and crucifixes were covered and the organ was not played. The bells were rung through the Gloria, which is the last time we will hear the bells until Easter Sunday.
The Mass included the priest washing the feet of 12 men, symbolizing Christ washing the feet of the Apostles during the last supper. The Mass concluded with the 15 alter boys and 3 priests processing throughout the Church with the Holy Eucharist as they transferred the Holy Eucharist to the Alter of Repose (paragraphs 54-56). The ceremony was concluded with the Stripping of the Alter (paragraph 57).