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The Washing Of Feet

An icon of The Washing Of Feet.

THE ICON

The liturgy of Holy Thursday includes: a) Matins, b) Vespers and, following Vespers, the Liturgy of St Basil the Great. In the Cathedral Churches the special service of the Washing of Feet takes place after the Liturgy; while the deacon reads the Gospel, the Bishop washes the feet of twelve priests, reminding us that Christ’s love is the foundation of life in the Church and shapes all relations within it. It is also on Holy Thursday that Holy Chrism is consecrated by the primates of autocephalous Churches, and this also means that the new love of Christ is the gift we receive from the Holy Spirit on the day of our entrance into the Church.

THE FEAST

Great and Holy Thursday

TROPARION - Tone 8

When the glorious disciples were enlightened /
At the washing of their feet before the supper, /
Then the impious Judas was darkened, ailing with avarice /
And to the lawless judges he betrays You, the righteous Judge. /
Behold, O lover of money, this man who because of money hanged himself. /
Flee from the greedy soul which dared such things against the Master. /
O Lord, who is good towards all men, glory to You!

KONTAKION - Tone 2

With his hands the betrayer receives the Bread. /
With his hands he secretly receives the silver, /
The price of Him who fashioned man with His hands; /
So the servant and deceiver Judas remains depraved.