The Bishop of East Anglia washed the feet of 12 members of the congregation at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich last night (March 29), in the traditional Maundy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
Bishop Alan Hopes knelt to wash, dry and kiss their feet following the example of Jesus, who did the same to his 12 disciples at the Last Supper, the day before he was crucified.
In his homily, Bishop Alan said: “The whole mystery of Jesus Christ is expressed in this simple act of washing the feet of his disciples, expressing the simple truth that God loves us.
“But God did not intend that we should remain passive recipients of his goodness. Jesus said to his disciples: ‘If I your Lord and master wash your feet you should wash each other’s’ feet. You should love one another as I have loved you’.”
Holy Communion was followed by a procession and the transfer of the most blessed sacrament.
Pictured above is Bishop Alan Hopes washing the feet of 12 congregation members at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich.
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