St. Augustine’s will begin the sacred rite of the Washing of Feet on Maundy Thursday of Holy Week. This year, four designated parishioners will have their feet washed by the priests in the same fashion as Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet on the night before his death. This rite seems to have originated in monastic communities, though Saint Ambrose [mid-fourth century Milan Italy] records that he was accustomed to wash the feet of those baptized at Easter. The rite may he done during the Maundy Thursday Eucharist, after the sermon and before the Intercession, or as a separate act of worship. Some churches understand the rite as a sort of play of Jesus washing the disciples‘ feet. However, it is more consistent with the origins of the ceremony to regard it as a symbolic act of service, by which the Church renews its commitment to serve the world in the charity of Christ, its members having first enacted service of one another. Come join us on Maundy Thursday, April 2nd, at 7:00pm.