Queen Elizabeth maintains a tradition for Maundy (Holy) Thursday, that stretches back to the 1200s. The Royal Maundy worship service provides an opportunity for the monarch or a royal official to distribute small silver coins to the elderly for their service to the church. It is the only time the Queen travels to confer an honor, and this year 87 elderly citizens will receive the Royal Maundy – one for each year of the Queen’s age.
The tradition symbolizes the ideas of servanthood and loving one another, a welcome normalcy in a world where everything seems to change in a blink of a tweet or the breath of a Facebook post. It is a kind of reversal of the story of the widow’s mite, and it is a picture of King Jesus laying down his life for his people during that final holy week leading to his death.
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Today, I am co-writing with fellow editor Glynn Young for The High Calling. Follow the link above to join us there.
And in case you missed them, here are two more posts from The High Calling for Holy Week:
Bradley J. Moore’s When Jesus Was a Consultant
Billy Coffey’s Love Upside Down
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