Last Thursday, The Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches practice the ritual of the Washing of Feet on Holy and Great Thursday according to their ancient rites. I witnessed the elegant and powerful ceremony in the incredibly beautiful Armenian Church located in the old city of Jerusalem. The service is performed by the Patriarch washing the feet of his twelve bishops. Later, we walked over to the Syrian Church which is a small and modest church yet very beautiful, serving the small congregation of Syrian Christians.

According to the Gospel, Jesus performed a final act of service for his Disciples, following the Passover meal. Arising from the table, He tied a towel about His waist and filled a basin with water. Then, one after another He washed the feet of each disciple, except Judas, who had already departed to betray Him.

The point Jesus was trying to make is already spelled out in the Scriptures, and needs little interpretation.  After washing the Disciples’ feet, Jesus explained what He did and why. “You should wash one another’s feet,” He told them. “I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:1-17)

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2 Responses to “Good Thursday at the Amazingly Beautiful Armenian Church in the Old City of Jerusalem” Subscribe

  1. Susan Woog Wagner May 6, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

    Once more an amazing photo essay!

  2. ehud oren May 10, 2016 at 11:47 am #

    כל התמונות נפלאות אבל הראשונה – פשוט נפלאה וצריכה לעמוד בפני עצמה. ממש מיוחדת במינה. חוזר ואומר את דעתי. אחת אחת על רקע לבן ואת הראשונה – הייתי תולה בבית. שלי

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