Thursday, 13 April 2017

Washing of the hands

As I entered the Church for the Maundy Thursday service, I did not find any arrangements for the washing of the feet.  Wouldn't have been too surprised if that part was skipped altogether!

Then was wondering would there be any washing of the feet at all.  Because we'd need warm water, (the climate being cold), then the issue of smelly feet and socks.  Anyway, we instead had the washing of the hands and everyone was involved.  The alter servers stood before the sanctuary with a bowl of water, a small cup and a towel. The priests began and then helped the next person by pouring the water on his/her hands and wiping it.  That person then did the same for the next person.  And so it went on.

A symbolic gesture and meaningful too... involving everyone.

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