April 21, 2011 by staff
Maundy Thursday, Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Christ with the Apostles, the fall of each year the day before Good Friday. While the Roman Catholic Church called “Holy Thursday”, the Anglican Church used the name “Holy Thursday” in accordance with the Old English language of Jesus’ command that humans should love one another. Here are some ways those five European nations to celebrate the Christian holiday, starting in Britain with Queen Elizabeth.
Queen Elizabeth gave “Ghost money” for the needy today. It was the first time in 10 years that the ceremony was held at Westminster Abbey, where Prince William will soon be married to Kate Middleton, and would have been a kind of rehearsal for the wedding day April 29.
For the first time, also coincided with the birthday of the Queen.
“The practice of distributing” handouts “to people in need or worthy of Thursday of Holy Week dates back centuries and is an important annual event in the calendar of the Queen”, reports The Daily Telegraph. “The recipients of the money Santo – 85 women and 85 men, one for each of the sovereigns of 85 years – retirees were selected for their tireless work for the Church and their communities.”
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