Parasceve (παρασκευή. preparation), the day before the Savior's passion. It is called by the Council of Laodicea the fifth day of the great solemn week, when such as were baptized, having learned their creed, were to repeat it before the bishop or presbyters in the church. This was the only day for several ages that ever the creed was publicly repeated in the Greek churches. — It was also called Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday (q.v.), and is observed with great pomp in the Romish Church. SEE PREPARATION.