Welcome to the Three Days!
The Three Days is the proper name for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy (or Black) Saturday. During these Three Days, we enter the end of our journey following Christ to the cross in his last days and hours. Perhaps, we receive the largest portion of teaching about truly following Christ (especially after he departs) during this time.
‘Maundy’ is derived from the Latin for mandate or command, but despite the “mandates” it remains the most joyful of the Three Days. Due to these mandates, it is rich in traditions and practices that liturgical nerds (like me) will love.
We begun tonight with the anointing with oil (laying on of hands).
Our service will continue with foot washing and Holy Communion.
Anointing with Oil/Laying on of Hands
The tradition of anointing with oil is one modern Lutherans are not necessarily accustomed with except for Baptism. However, the anointing with oil begun Holy Week with Jesus the Christ anointed ahead of and in preparation for his death and burial. The anointing with oil will also end Holy Week with Mary and the other women walking to Jesus’ tomb with oils prepared for the anointing of the dead.
The Washing of the Feet
The washing of the feet is also not a common practice for Lutherans.
How many have participated in the washing of the feet before? Read the rest of this entry »