Bishop Sutton spent Maundy Thursday at Holy Trinity in west Baltimore. The Rev. Ramelle McCall, rector (and Diocesan Urban Missioner), said, “It was a pleasure to have our bishop to conduct our Maundy Thursday service. It meant so much to our West Baltimore Church to have our Bishop to bless us with his message about giving and receiving, participate in the foot-washing, and be present as we stripped the altar.” The parish enjoyed a Lenten supper as part of the evenings gathering to commemorate the impending death of Jesus.

Photos courtesy of Holy Trinity, Baltimore and the Rev. Ramelle McCall

What is Maundy Thursday?

The Thursday in Holy Week. It is part of the Triduum, or three holy days before Easter. It comes from the Latin mandatum novum, “new commandment,” from Jn 13:34. The ceremony of washing feet was also referred to as “the Maundy.” Maundy Thursday celebrations also commemorate the institution of the eucharist by Jesus “on the night he was betrayed.” Egeria, a fourth-century pilgrim to Jerusalem, describes elaborate celebrations and observances in that city on Maundy Thursday. Special celebration of the institution of the eucharist on Maundy Thursday is attested by the Council of Hippo in 381. The Prayer Book liturgy for Maundy Thursday provides for celebration of the eucharist and a ceremony of the washing of feet which follows the gospel and homily. There is also provision for the consecration of the bread and wine for administering Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament on Good Friday. Following this, the altar is stripped and all decorative furnishings are removed from the church.

Preparing to wash the feet of friends

Bishop Sutton washes the feet of the Rev. Ramelle McCall

A joyful parishioner

The people of Holy Trinity, Balitmore

We are Holy Trinity

Gathering for worship

Bishop Sutton preaches at Maundy Thursday worship

The Eucharist at Holy Trinity

The Rev. Ramelle McCall and Bishop Sutton

Sharing Lenten supper in the parish hall

The blessing of fellowship