Maundy comes from the Latin word Mande meaning commandment. It comes from John 13:34, where Jesus says, "A new command I give you, love one another; as I have loved you, so you must love one another."
On Maundy Thursday, some churches observe foot washings and others observe communion, carrying out the commandment of Jesus and remembering the difficult and dark night of Jesus life when Jesus was arrested by the Romans, beaten, and sentenced, and prepared for death.
The Maundy Thursday service at First Baptist Church is a time of reflection, contemplation, and prayer. It is marked with readings, a brief homily, appropriate hymns, prayers, and the serving of communion or a foot washing.