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Holy Thursday, also known as Maundy Thursday, is a significant observance in the Christian liturgical calendar. It commemorates two important events: the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles and the institution of the Eucharist - the ritual of Holy Communion in the Christian faith. It serves as a reminder of Jesus’s teachings on love and service, symbolised through His act of washing the feet of His disciples.
The observance of Holy Thursday dates back to early Christian times and has evolved considerably over the centuries. In Australia, which has a diverse Christian population, Holy Thursday holds a significant place. As it falls in the Australian autumn, it sometimes coincides with Anzac Day, a national day of remembrance that pays tribute to all Australians who served and died in war. On such occasions, church services often acknowledge the shared themes of sacrifice, service, and love.
On Holy Thursday in Australia, many Christian churches host special services, including the traditional Maundy ceremony where the priest washes the feet of twelve people replicating Jesus’s actions. In St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, the day is marked with a solemn Mass of the Lord's Supper in the evening. Traditional church bells are silenced and replaced with wooden clappers until the Easter vigil. Holy Thursday typically falls on the Thursday before Easter, the exact date varying annually depending on the Western Christian liturgical calendar.
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