Pope Francis washes feet of 12 prisoners during Holy Thursday Mass

  • Pope Francis washes feet of 12 prisoners during Holy Thursday Mass

Pope Francis washes feet of 12 prisoners during Holy Thursday Mass

Churches will also mark Maundy Thursday by stripping the altar after Communion is served, removing its vestments in preparation for Good Friday. But what exactly is it?

Maundy Thursday will soon be celebrated in the United Kingdom and by Christians all around the world.

Maundy Thursday is the beginning of Easter weekend for Christians, continuing to Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.

Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter and is observed by millions of Christians worldwide in commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ and his disciples.

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby performs the Washing of The Feet ceremony during the Maundy Thursday service. Christians observe the day to commemorate Jesus Christ's last supper with his apostles prior to his crucifixion.

This refers to the command that Jesus gave his disciples to love each other during the Last Supper: 'A new commandment I give you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.' (John 13:34, Revised Standard Version).

This year Maundy Thursday falls on March 29.

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Until 1689, there was a custom of the monarch washing worshippers' feet in Westminster Abbey.

All of the recipients will be senior citizens who will receive the Royal Maundy in honor of their service to the church and the local community.

These silver coins are legal tender but are not used for common purchases due to their silver content, according to the Metro UK.

The image of The Queen on ordinary coinage has changed over the years, but Maundy coins still show the same portrait, by Mary Gillick, as the first coins issued in the year of her coronation in 1953.

In these areas, the holy day is called Green Thursday.

Nevertheless, many Christians continue to participate in foot washing during Maundy Thursday services.

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Some 92 men and 92 women will receive the Maundy money from Her Majesty.