On Maundy Thursday we remember Jesus sharing his Last Supper with his disciples, instituting the celebration of the Eucharist. Following his teaching we celebrate the Eucharist in remembrance of him.
At this supper, Jesus gave his greatest commandment that we should love one another as he has loved us; and so feet are washed by the clergy as an example of Christian humility and service. Following the service there is a silent watch or vigil, until midnight.
If you are unfamiliar with the service, you can pick up an easy-to-follow order of service at the beginning, which will guide you through each part. Visit our guidance on attending services at St Paul's for more information on what to expect.