posted Apr 1, 2017, 3:05 PM by Cameron Hubanks

Have you ever wondered how things came to be? This season honors the most important time in Jesus’ life. Here are the origins of how these days of Holy Week came to be.

Maundy Thursday is an alternate name for Holy Thursday, the first of the three days of solemn remembrance of the events leading up to and immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The English word "Maundy" comes from the Latin mandatum, which means "commandment." As recorded in John's gospel, on his last night before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and then gave them a new commandment to love one another as he had loved them (John 13:34)

The source of our term for the Friday before Easter, "Good Friday," is not clear. It may be a misuse of the English phrase "God's Friday.” It is the common name for the day among English- and Dutch-speaking people. It is a day that proclaims God's purpose of loving and redeeming the world through the cross of Jesus Christ. It is a day that is good because God was drawing the world to God's self in Christ.

Easter was originally a Saxon word (Eostre), denoting a goddess of the Saxons, in honor of whom sacrifices were offered about the time of the Passover. Hence the name came to be given to the festival of the Resurrection of Christ, which occurred at the time of the Passover. In the early English versions this word was frequently used as the translation of the Greek Pascha (the Passover).

With this we may have a greater understanding of our faith. May the resurrected Christ find you along your path way. Pastor Sara