Maundy Money 2022

 

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. “

 

Since the fourth or fifth century, church leaders have followed Communion on Maundy Thursday with the washing of the feet of the poor.  The first monarch known to combine that with the distribution of alms was John in 1210.

 

We celebrated Maundy Thursday differently this year. Desiring to fulfill the mandate of Jesus and to continue in our church-wide Fast from Isolation and Despair, we chose to love one another by learning about and tangibly assisting others in the world, instead of washing the feet of our friends. Food from those places was served at dinner, Maundy money was collected and the music at the Service of the Table was borrowed from eastern harmonies and liturgies.

 

Kyiv - $3424

Homemade Borscht, Chicken Kyiv and Ukrainian salad were made by Dave Jones and Bob Dannhauser.

Funds were donated to Hungarian Interchurch Aid. They have set up an assistance point near the Beregsurany-Astyria border crossing on the Ukrainian side.  They provide food, tea, blankets, hygiene items, baby care items, warming shelters and mobile toilets to refugees who must wait for hours.

 

Jerusalem - $1000

“Food that Jesus liked” was created and served by Hilary Thomas and Sue Ely

The Episcopal Church created new relationships with and among the people of the Middle East following World War I. Beginning in 1922, a designated annual offering has been taken which focuses on relief work, ecumenical relations and the support of St. George’s Cathedral.

 

Memphis - $1000

Memphis style pork ribs, Memphis  pulled pork and Memphis Cole-Slaw (?!?)  were picked up at Minuteman BBQ and plated by Mary Courtemanche.

Memphis is the home of St Mary’s Cathedral, the location of Dr ML King’s murder and the “most dangerous city in America,” according to some surveys.  It is understandable that in such a setting, The Very Rev. Jean Vargo, interim dean, is the fifth position holder in four years. We have asked her to spend her Maundy Money not on an institutional need but on whatever will personally give her hope.