“Maundy” Thursday gets its name from the Latin word for “mandate,” and it refers to Jesus’ commandment that we love one another as he loves us. It is Immanuel's practice to read one of the gospel accounts of the last night of Jesus’ life, his last supper and his betrayal.
A rather dramatic service, the account of the crucifixion is read and sung, candles on a black-draped candelabrum are extinguished. At the conclusion of the service the Sanctuary is dark except for the Christ candle. It is an acute experience of the suffering wrought by human sin,