Friday, April 14, 2017

Bishop’s Note: April 13, 2017 – Maundy Thursday

Bishop Eric Menees

A blessed Maundy Thursday to you all!

That term, “Maundy,” is an interesting one. Many assume that the word comes from the word “maudlin” meaning “sentimental.” Actually, the word comes from the Latin “Mandatum Novum” meaning “New Commandment.” This is, of course, a reference to Jesus’ new commandment given in the gospel of John: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” (John 13:34)

So, while there is a bit of a maudlin feeling to this evening’s liturgy, rather than a maudlin feeling we should be sharing a sense of awe and reverence as we sit with Jesus and the disciples for the Last Supper.

This is also a time to recommit ourselves to living into the New Commandment that Jesus has given us. My prayer for each member of the Diocese of San Joaquin is that we will demonstrate the very best of Christian love and hospitality in a world that knows so much darkness and pain. Let that love be our siren call that points directly to Jesus!

A very blessed Holy Week and Easter celebration to you all!

Thirty-nine Articles of Religion

XXIV. Of Speaking in the Congregation in such a Tongue as the people understandeth.

It is a thing plainly repugnant to the Word of God, and the custom of the Primitive Church to have public Prayer in the Church, or to minister the Sacraments, in a tongue not understanded of the people.

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