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Memories of Maundy Thursday

Phil Almond, OH 1997-2001, remembers singing for the late Queen as she distributed Royal Maundy Money back in 2014 at Blackburn Cathedral

Each year, on Maundy Thursday, a tradition steeped in reverence and service unfolded as Queen Elizabeth II distributed special Maundy money to deserving pensioners. This poignant ceremony harks back to the biblical narrative of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper, infusing the occasion with a profound sense of humility and compassion.

Recipients of Maundy Money are carefully selected by their local dioceses, and recognised for their significant contributions to both their church and community. This act of recognition and appreciation serves as a tangible expression of gratitude for their selfless dedication.

The Maundy Service, a highlight in the royal calendar, takes place annually on the Thursday preceding Easter Sunday. The Head of the Monarchy, accompanied by dignitaries, travels to various cathedrals and abbeys across the country to personally bestow these symbolic gifts upon local individuals.

In 2014, amidst the majestic setting of Blackburn Cathedral, the late Queen graciously distributed Maundy money to 88 men and 88 women - matching her own age that year. The atmosphere inside the cathedral was charged with anticipation as the combined choirs of Blackburn Cathedral and the Chapel Royal prepared to lead the congregation in hymns of praise.

The ethereal melodies of "Praise to the holiest in the height" reverberated throughout the sacred space, setting a solemn and reflective tone for the ceremonies that followed. With each prayer uttered and psalm sung, the cathedral seemed to resonate with a divine presence, emphasising the sanctity of the occasion.

Amidst this spiritual ambiance, the choir members stood as pillars of devotion, their voices intertwining in harmonious unity. In a touching gesture, each member received specially minted Maundy coins from the Queen herself, symbolising a bond of shared faith and gratitude.

Thus, within the hallowed walls of Blackburn Cathedral, tradition, reverence, and service converged, leaving an indelible impression of humility and grace upon all who bore witness to this sacred ritual.

Phil Almond, OH 1997-2001

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