Maundy Thursday 2013
The Sacred Triduum - the first day
Our picture gallery follows the story of the day on which the Christian Church
commemorates the Last Supper and the institution of Holy Communion.
On the morning of Maundy Thursday, we see the Lady Chapel decked out as the Garden of Gethsemane,
the Great Crucifix veiled above the High Altar and the Nave Altar flanked by twelve chairs in readiness for the symbolic washing of the feet.
During the evening's solemn service, holy oils are blessed and the disciples' feet are washed.
We gather round the altar for the dramatic service of consecration and communion on this holy night,
and the candles are lit in the Lady Chapel. The blessed sacrament is carried in procession to the chapel,
where we gather for the final actions of this great liturgy at the Altar of Repose.
Then the altars are stripped and hangings and ornaments removed from church as, with the lights lowered,
only the candles in the chapel accompany the watch, which will continue until midnight and the beginning of Good Friday.
Good Friday and Holy Saturday
The Easter Vigil