Hello everyone in Red class,
This is the last RE and French I am posting because next Friday, we will all be together.
Following on from Palm Sunday, what do you know about Maundy Thursday?
Maundy Thursday is the Thursday before Easter. Christians remember it as the day of the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and established the ceremony known as the Eucharist.
The night of Maundy Thursday is the night on which Jesus was betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The name ‘Maundy‘ is derived from a latin word,
meaning a commandment. Jesus Christ, at the Last Supper, commanded:
‘And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.‘ John 13:34
People wore open sandals in Jesus’ time and feet would have been dirty and smelly due to the dusty roads. Would you let someone you loved deeply clean something really filthy? Why not? What would be the equivalent today? Why did Jesus wash their feet? What can we learn about serving others from Jesus’ example? What grotty jobs do we do to serve others – perhaps family members? How does it feel and why do we do it?
In England, the custom of washing feet by the Monarch was carried out until 1689. Up until then the King or Queen would wash the feet of the poor on Maundy Thursday in Westminster Abbey. Food and clothing were also handed out to the poor.
In Britain today, the Queen follows a very traditional role of giving Maundy Money to a group of pensioners. The tradition of the Sovereign giving money to the poor dates from the 13th century, from the reign of Edward I.
Watch the short clip on this page which shows the Queen giving out Maundy money.
Here is a sheet which you can fill in. The word ‘service’ is written down the side and you can use each letter to write a sentence about Maundy Thursday.
French – Bonjour!
Last week, you learnt to say the months of the year. This week, you will be learning to say the month your birthday is in. The lesson is from Oak Academy and I hope you enjoy following it.