Maundy Thursday in the Easter Orthodox Church Date in the current year: April 28, 2016

Maundy Thursday in the Easter Orthodox Church Thursday before Easter, is Maundy Thursday. This holiday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles and Maundy.

The Easter Orthodox Cathedrals and Monasteries normally perform the rite of Washing of Feet. The rite is usually performed either by a bishop or by the abbot, who washes the feet of 12 members of the brotherhood of his monastery or priests.

The fast that precedes Easter is very strict during the Holy Week. But on Maundy Thursday it's relaxed to permit consumption of wine and oil.

Maundy Thursday is also called Pure Thursday since many ceremonies of the day are associated with cleansing of body and soul. This is a united Christian (spiritual cleansing before Easter) and pagan (cleansing of the body and the surrounding area before starting a new annual cycle) tradition.

Prepared salt and bread baked on Maundy Thursday are attributed with special power. According to a custom, the lamps at home should be lit from a candle, that is brought burning from the evening service. This fire is also believed to have cleansing and protective properties.

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