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