Every year the Queen distributes silver coins at a special service on Maundy Thursday. It is part of a tradition dating back to the 13th Century when the Royal Family took part in ceremonies washing the feet of poor people and giving money and gifts.
This year four people from the diocese have been nominated and will receive their Maundy Money at the ceremony which this year takes place at St Georges Chapel Windsor. The recipients are:
Mr Roger Brown Eastbourne
Roger is the churchwarden at St Richard’s Langney. He covered a long vacancy as solo churchwarden in a very tough part of Eastbourne.
Mr Ian Tompkin Shoreham by Sea
Ian has been churchwarden of St Mary de Haura for c 35 years. Like the others nominated he is a faithful and extremely hard working churchwarden. What is particularly helpful about Ian is his refreshing approach to suggestions that involve change. He is always open to considering them.
Mrs Frances Catt Guldeford, Rye
Frances has given long service to the Church and local community at East Guldeford and Camber.
Mrs Arlene Collins Brighton
Arlene has run the St Richard’s Community Centre for at least fifteen years. St Richard’s has been a home for all sorts of groups and activities, from the uniformed organisations to Zumba classes, Weight Watchers, Evergreens (senior citizens) art classes, parties etc. She has taken bookings, cleaned the place, looked after the money and ensured its ongoing presence at the heart of the community.
What is Maundy Thursday?
- Maundy Thursday is the fifth day of Holy Week - the final week of Lent, which begins on Palm Sunday and runs up until Easter.
- It gets its name from the Latin word 'mandare', from which we get the word 'command'. Christians remember Jesus's command: "Love one another as I have loved you."
- This is the day when Christians remember Jesus sharing the Last Supper with his disciples before his death on Good Friday.
- The Maundy money ceremony itself began in 1662, when Charles II gave out coins.
When is it in 2018?
- This Thursday - March 29th, 2018.
Why do Christians wash feet on Maundy Thursday?
- At the Last Supper Jesus washed the disciples' feet as an act of humility. Some churches recreate this act of service at special services on Maundy Thursday.
- Foot washing is a reminder of how Jesus served others and of the kind of service Christians are meant to demonstrate to others.