the Thursday before Easter
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Word origin of 'Maundy Thursday'
, ceremony of washing the feet of the poor < OFr mandé
< LL(Ec) mandatum
, commandment of God < L (see mandate
): from use of mandatum
at the beginning of the prayer for washing the feet, commemorating Jesus' washing
of the disciples' feet: see John 13:5, 34