Today is Maundy Thursday, the day before the crucifixtion. Some scholars say that the name derives from the Latin and old French "mandatum" the word for commandment from the teaching Jesus delivered to his disciples:" A new commandment I give unto you- that you love one another as I have loved you."
Others say that the phrase derived from the Time of Edward I when royalty rode among the peasants giving them alms.
Many churches also do footwashing on Maundy Thursday following in the manner of Jesus. Others, especially in the Catholic and Anglican traditions hold Tenebrae services in which candles are extinguished and a book is slammed, symbolizing an earthquake.
In any case, today is a time for reflection.