Candle Lighting – Maundy Thursday

The lite Christ candle is surrounded by six purple candles, only one of which is lite.

The lite Christ candle is surrounded by six purple candles, only one of which is lite.

NOTE:   The term, “Maundy” comes from the Latin mandatum, or “mandate”,

            “commandment” and is in reference to the new commandment Jesus

             gives his disciples in John 13: 34-35

 

Light the Christ candle.  Light only one of the six purple candles.

 

Question:   Why do we light only one purple candle?

Response:     We light only one purple candle to remind us that we have not

                      always loved one another as Jesus loves us.

 

Read:     John 13: 1-15, [16-33], 34-35

 

Reflect:     What does loving each other the way Jesus loves us look like?

                 Where and why have we failed to do this?

 

Pray:      Help us to love one another as You have loved us.      Amen.

 

Extinguish the one purple candle that is lite.

 

Question:    Why do we put out the light from the last purple candle?

Response:   We put out the light from the last purple candle to remind us that

                     at the end of this night, Jesus stood alone, abandoned by all his

                     disciples.

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