W is for Washing feet

My posts for the A to Z Challenge this year are all about the Easter Story, recorded in 4 books of the New Testament: the Gospels. Image in sidebar links to Theme Reveal post.

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There are two notable occasions when feet were washed in the Easter story. The first occurred in Bethany, when Jesus was eating at the house of Simon the Leper. A woman – often supposed to be Mary Magdalene (Letter M) – arrived and anointed Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume. Then she washed his feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. John 12:1-3 and Luke 7:37-5 As the custom of the time was not to sit upright at a table, but to recline on a couch at the side or end of a table, the people’s feet would be easily reached by anyone approaching the table.

The other gospels (Letter G) describe this event differently with the perfume being poured on Jesus’ head. Matthew 26:7 and  Mark 14:3

When people arrived for a meal in someone’s house it was customary for a servant to wash their feet. At the Passover meal (Letter L) in the upper room (Letter U). Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, demonstrating that although he was a king (Letter K), he had come to earth as a servant

In some church services on Maundy Thursday there is still a foot-washing ceremony.

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  1. I am still amazed when I witness the washing of feet during a church service/mass. It’s very moving and thought-provoking. Especially when it is done by authority figures. Thank you for featuring this theme during the A to Z challenge. I’ve enjoyed it!

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