For me, these verses from "Now, my tongue, the mystery telling" (Hymnal 1982, 331) summed up what Maundy Thursday is all about. The unexpected nature of Jesus' actions that night, and his radical command to his followers:
That last night at supper lying,
mid the twelve, his chosen band,
Jesus with the Law complying,
keeps the feast its rites demand;
then more precious food supplying,
gives himself with his own hand.
Att. Thomas Aquinas (1225?-1274); ver. Hymnal 1940, rev.
And because people seem to ask every year, "Maundy" comes from the Latin "Mandatum novum do vobis" (A new commandment I give to you), the first line of an anthem at the washing of the feet (Liber Usualis, 660).
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