For more than a decade now, I have grown to value traditions of more formal denominations than mine. Because of them, I have more thoughtfully considered many biblical truths that perhaps have become too familiar. The Easter season has become more meaningful and precious as I have participated in Ash Wednesday, Lent, and the Stations of the Cross at a nearby Anglican church, and I have seen with fresh eyes the death of Christ.
The Thursday of Holy Week, called Maundy Thursday, is observed by many denominations as a remembrance of the commands given the night before Jesus was crucified, including the command to do as Jesus did when he washed their feet. The word maundy comes from the Latin word mandatum, meaning command.