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Maundy Matters

Alter-boys precede some of the twelve young men who wait to have their feet washed.
(Picture taken in Holy Cross Basilica, Fort Cochin)

Kerala Maundy bread, made from unleavened rice-flour flavoured with onion, garlic and salt. Before eating, it is dipped in a bowl of sweet coconut milk and jaggery sauce.
This represents the bitter-sweet nature of Maundy Thursday.
The small cross is fashioned from a Palm Sunday leaf.

Dalila came with Shaji and their sons, Fabian and Stefan, to deliver the bread she had baked for me, late on Maundy Thursday.
Anu and Stefan, can just be glimpsed in the background.


 maundy [ˈmɔːndɪ]
n pl maundies
(Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity the ceremonial washing of the feet of poor persons in commemoration of Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet (John 13:4-34) re-enacted in some churches on Maundy Thursday
[from Old French mandé something commanded, from Latin mandatum commandment, from the words of Christ: Mandātum novum dō vōbīs A new commandment give I unto you]

(From Collins English Dictionary)

4 responses

  1. Truly fascinating.

    April 7, 2012 at 8:31 am

    • Thank you. The making of Maundy bread is a very interesting custom, especially as it can be traced back to the Jewish diaspora communities, here in Kerala, almost two thousand years ago..

      April 7, 2012 at 8:52 am

  2. Toffeeapple

    I had no idea about washing of feet. Does that happen in this country too do you think?

    April 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    • I know it happens in Catholic churches throughout Britain, but cannot speak for other traditions..

      April 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm

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