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Holy Thursday

Holy Thursday

Until sundown this is the final day of ordinary Lenten time. But at sundown the Lenten journey ends and the Paschal Triduum begins. On Holy Thursday evening, we gather together and do something different. We wash feet in response to Jesus' commandment to love one another.

The Gospel of John tells us that on the night before Jesus died, while he was at supper, he got up and washed the feet of his disciples. In the Middle East, where people's feet easily became dusty, this washing was an act of hospitality.

But because rich people usually had servants do it, the apostle Peter was embarrassed and told Jesus not to do it. But Jesus warned Peter, "Unless I wash you, you can have no share with me." Then Jesus said, "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you."

On Holy Thursday night we follow the Lord's command; we wash feet, we celebrate the Lord's Supper, and then we keep watch with Christ at the Altar of Repose. The three days of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord have begun.

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