East Texas churches preparing for Holy Thursday services

Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Right now, special services and masses for Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday, are about to begin at some churches around East Texas.

The Thursday before Easter is when some Christians observe the last supper. East Texas News took a look at the participation and what business stands to gain by accommodating all religions.

Whether one says Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, it's significant to Christians associated with Catholicism and Protestant churches that branched off the Catholic Church.

"Holy Thursday is a day to remember what happened in Scripture," said Gary Giese, a deacon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches. "Jesus did the Last Supper."

On Holy Thursday many observers ask for forgiveness. Here at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the monsieur began hearing confessions at noon.

Other denominations suggest members ask for forgiveness through private prayer.

While many Baptist churches will hold a Good Friday observance, not too many are observing Maundy Thursday.

However, there's one trend which all denominations know all about.

"The most observed day out of the year besides Christmas is Easter Sunday," Giese said. "We have people that only go to church no matter what denomination they only go on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day."

It's no secret faith has a lot of competition. All employers must accommodate religion and disability under the Civil Rights Act, but so many businesses stay open on religious holidays.

However, attitudes are changing in the corporate world. According to Diversity Inc research, 78 percent of the organization's top 50 diversified companies now offer floating religious holidays to employees. In addition, 70 percent of those companies provide prayer rooms.

Perhaps the workplace will follow not because it has to, but because it wants to.

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