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Maundy Thursday

Christ Church Tashua celebrates the closing of Easter week with handwashing and hot cross buns.

The kitchen of smelled like cinnamon and allspice as seven children, from ages 5 to 10, made dough crosses with cookie cutters. Hot Cross Buns, an easter tradition, were part of the "Maundy Thursday." The name comes from the Latin word for "command," commemorating Jesus' command, "Love one another as I have loved you."

The Rev. Judith Greene, church rector, then washed their hands as Jesus washed his disciples' feet and recreated in the last supper with the children using matzo bread and white grape juice.

"He did all this at the meal. He said, 'I give you a new commandment: Love one another as I have loved you,'" Greene said. 

And everyone got to eat the buns and the matzo.

The congregation was founed in 1760 and the current church building, the third, was built in 1846. The congregation has 208 people. The church has two well-preserved books, a Bible and a Book of Common Prayer dating back to 1762. Its 1849 Simmons-McIntyre tracker organ is still in use.

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