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Maundy Thursday is the day when we commemerate the Last Supper which Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion. The last supper the 2009 agape mealis believed to have been the Jewish Passover meal and as such would have included a meal. This tradition of the complete meal was still in existance when St Paul wrote his first to the church in Corinth (I Corinthians chapter 11). At a later period the service which we know as Holy Communion became seperated from the meal proper.

On the evening the 2009 agape meal tableof Maundy Thursday there is a service provided in Common Worship for a special service of Holy Communion. It is also possible to celebrate the full meal in a service know as an Agape meal. Agape is a Greek word which is often translated 'love'. It is found in John 21:15-16 on the 1st and 2nd times Jesus after resurrection asks Peter if he loved him.

The word love does not convey the full meaning of this covenant word agape. Agape is the Greek equivalent of the the Hebrew word hesed which is often translated mercy or merciful loving kindness. Love which is everlasting and totally unconditional perhaps expresses the word hesed'. The best know instance of this word is in Psalm 23:6 'Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life'. This is the love which we celebrate at Holy Communion and on Maundy Thursday at an Agape meal.

The unconditional the 2009 agape meallove of God was shown in Jesus when he freely offered himself upon the cross as a sacrifice for the for the sins of the whole. In the New Covenant/Testament Jesus gave us a new commandment: "that you love one another as I have loved you" (John 15:12). In both case the word translated love is agape. Jesus loving us with agape love enables us to love that same agape love.