This day is known in the UK as Maundy Thursday elsewhere it is known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer Thursday and Thursday of Mysteries. During the service, the clergy will strip the altar of its linen and wash the feet of the congregation as Jesus did for the disciples at the Last Supper.
As one of the anthems, The Choir will sing a composition by Giovanni Croce (1557-1609) the Italian renaissance composer. Croce was a boy chorister at St Mark’s Basilica (Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco), Venice. Croce became a priest at the Church of Santa Maria Formosa also in Venice. He later returned to St Mark’s Basilica as a singer then as assistant director of music before becoming the full choirmaster in 1603 until his death.
In Monte Oliveti is based on the matins responses for Maundy Thursday.
In monte Oliveti oravit ad patrem :
Pater si fieri potest transeat a me calix iste.
Spiritus quidem promtus est caro autem infirma.
Fiat voluntas tua.
English translation courtesy of CPDL.org
On the Mount of Olives he prayed to his Father:
“Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me.
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Let your will be done.
Nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will,
Let your will be done.”