St. Margaret's Chapel, Duxbury
Tonight we will have our Liturgy for Maundy Thursday in the Chapel. If you are in the area, please join us at 7PM (30 Harden Hill Road, Duxbury, MA).
I am awed by the gift of being able to preside at the beginning of the long liturgy that encompasses the next three days. The washing of feet is especially powerful, and it may be precisely because it is not comfortable. We must both learn to do for others what Jesus has done for us AND learn to accept, as Peter had to, receiving this as well.
"Bare" - an excerpt from Br. Curtis' reflection (see link below):
Many people are rather self-conscious about their feet. Feet are a usually-hidden part of our body. There have been some years in the past when, on Maundy Thursday, I have made sure to wash my own feet ahead of time and put on fresh socks. (I wouldn’t want to make a bad impression on someone having to wash my feet.) When we bare our feet, we are quite exposed, literally and symbolically. So tonight, what does the footwashing signify to you? Is there anything you are prone to keep disclosed or hidden from Jesus that needs to come into the light? What is it about you – your body, your fears, your needs, your memory, your future – that you otherwise keep covered, where Jesus is inviting you to uncover, to be seen and known, held and washed? Is there dirt that needs to be washed cleaned? What does footwashing symbolize for you just now?
...You may discover – far beyond your control – that you are being washed by the gift of tears tonight. Maybe you didn’t even know something was wrong, something was hurt, something was soiled, and you experience tonight a washing of your soul through the gift of tears.
- Maundy Thursday Remembrance – Br. Curtis Almquist
Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
- Collect from the Liturgy for Maundy Thursday (BCP online)
More on Maundy Thursday:
Maundy Thursday 2015: The History Behind The Holy Thursday Before Easter