American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The Thursday before Easter, observed in commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus. Also called Holy Thursday.
GNU Webster's 1913
- (Eccl.) The Thursday in Passion week, or next before Good Friday.
- n. the Thursday before Easter; commemorates the Last Supper
- From Old French mandé, from Latin mandatum, in reference to the phrase mandatum do vobis (“A new commandment I give unto you”) (John 13:34). (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English maunde, ceremony of washing the feet of the poor on this day, from Old French mande, from Latin (novum) mandātum, (new) commandment (from Jesus's words to the Apostles after washing their feet, John 13:34); see mandate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Easter Sunday, Monday and Tuesday by Angelo da Chiavasso it was defined as the period from Maundy Thursday to Low Sunday.”
“At Masses that have no Gloria in excelsis (therefore in the Office de tempore of Advent and Lent, vigils, and ember-days, except Maundy Thursday and Holy”
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