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Maundy Thursday: Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar

Maundy Thursday marks the beginning of the Holy Triduum, the three-day liturgical sequence that recalls the passion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

8 am Morning Prayer (St. Martin’s Chapel)
5 pm Evening Prayer (St. Martin’s Chapel)
7 pm Maundy Thursday Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar
In the Maundy Thursday liturgy, we commemorate the Last Supper and the tradition of the Mandatum novum (New Commandment), as the clergy ceremonially wash the feet of the People.

9 pm The Reading of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno
After the 7 pm liturgy, the annual American Poets Corner reading of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno commences. Please visit the American Poets Corner page for more information about this signature Cathedral event.

9 pm All-Night Vigil
Immediately following the Maundy Thursday liturgy, all are welcome to join in a centuries-old tradition of prayer and meditation in the Cathedral Baptistry. After the Dante reading, the Cathedral falls into silence, as those gathered keep watch over the Reserved Sacrament overnight, and contemplate Jesus’ journey as well as their own. All are welcome.