It is called Maundy Thursday in the Episcopal Church, Lutheran Church, Presbyterian Church and the Reformed Church and United Methodist Church. The Roman Catholic Church terms it “The Holy Thursday”, The Eastern Orthodox Church and Coptic Orthodox Church terms it “Covenant Thursday”, The Syrian Orthodox Church and the Maronite Church term it “Thursday of Mysteries”.
This is the very Thursday when Jesus had his last supper with his disciples before his crucifixion. The presence of unleavened bread and wine or grape juice is very symbolic. The bread is the symbol of the body of church and the wine the blood. One who accepts the bread and wine accept the teachings and the salvation of Christ.
In this supper, Jesus made two remarkable prophecies. Judus Ischariot one of the disciples will betray him to the Roman soldiers, his crucifixtion and Peter, the disciple who stays closet to him will deny him thrice before the cock crows. He said that after he would be arrested, Peter immediately raised his voice to say that he would not, Jesus said that Peter would deny him thrice before the dawn.
The last supper is very symbolic to all the Christians all over the world and it is observed in various ways through prayer and fasting and look forward to observing the crucifixion of Christ and the resurrection.