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Maundy Thursday

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The day before Good Friday is so called from the Latin dies mandaʹti (the day of Christ’s great mandate). After He had washed His disciplesʹ feet, He said, “A new commandment give I unto you, that ye love one another” (St. John xiii. 34).

Spelman derives it from maund (a basket), because on the day before the great fast all religious houses and good Catholics brought out their broken food in maunds to distribute to the poor. This custom in many places gave birth to a fair, as the Tombland fair of Norwich, held on the plain before the Cathedral Close.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Maugis
Maugis dAygremont
Maugrabin (Heyraddin)
Maugys
Maul
Maul (The Giant)
Maul of Monks (The)
Maunciples Tale
Maunds (Royal)
Maundrel
Maundy Thursday
Mauri-gasima
Mauritania
Mausoleum
Maut gets abune the Meal (The)
Mauthe Dog
Mauvais Ton (French)
Mauvaise Honte (French)
Mauvaise Plaisanterie (A)
Mavournin
Mawther

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