It’s lamentable that we (at least in America) have lost the traditional names for Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday in Holy Week. Let’s bring them back into usage. They are as follows:
Palm Sunday – The name is obvious.
Fig Monday – The day on which Christ cursed the fig tree. Sometimes, people ate dried figs on this day to commemorate the miracle.
Spy Wednesday – The day on which Judas Iscariot met with the Jewish priests and made plans for the betrayal, hence the name “spy.”
Maundy Thursday – This one comes from the Latin Vulgate version of John 13:34 “A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” In Latin, the verse begins with Mandatum novum do vobis. The word “maundy” is a corruption of “mandatum” meaning commandment.
Good Friday – Here “good” hearkens back to Middle English in which the word denotes piety or holiness.
Holy Saturday – A quiet day, the perfect Sabbath of Christ in which He descended into the limbo of Hell and delivered the saints of the Old Testament.
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