On Holy Thursday our Grade 9 class organized an inspirational service including the washing of feet of ten faculty and staff. The service for students in Grades 5-12, included musical interludes, reflections and a Gospel reading.
What is the significance of the washing of feet?
Walking in sandals on the filthy roads of Palestine in the first century made it imperative that feet be washed before a communal meal, especially since people reclined at a low table and feet were very much in evidence. When Jesus rose from the table and began to wash the feet of the disciples (John 13:4), He was doing the work of the lowliest of servants. The disciples must have been stunned at this act of humility and condescension, that Christ, their Lord and master, should wash the feet of His disciples, when it was their proper work to have washed His. When Jesus washed the disciples’ feet, He told them (and us), “I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (John 13:15).
Congratulations to the student organizers and all those who helped in making the event so beautiful.