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Maundy Thursday SERVICE?

This year at The Falls Church Episcopal , for Maundy Thursday (April 2), we're trying something different.   The custom I've nearly always done, and is still done in many churches – one I don’t like, for reasons I explain a bit below -- is a ritual foot-washing, where clergy wash each other’s feet, then the feet of others, then others are invited to wash each other’s feet.  The symbolism is fine – in a scene found only in the Gospel of John (Matthew, Mark, or Luke do not record it), after the Last Supper, Jesus stood up, wrapped a towel around his waist, and washed his disciple’s feet.  So that first "Maundy Thursday," Jesus did what only a servant would do  -- and the lowest-ranked servant at that: h e modeled service.  He told his followers that following him meant loving him, and loving him meant loving and serving others.    But here's the thing: