Historical Origins And Development Of Footwashing

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

At the Last Supper Jesus gave special meaning to an ordinary custom of the Mediterranean world. Associated with the Lord's Supper and with baptismal rites in the early church, footwashing survived as part of the bishop's Maundy Thursday ritual, as a regular practice in monasteries, and as part of court ceremonial. At the same time, based on John 13, medieval and Reformation sects retained footwashing as a regular part of the Communion liturgy.

From Mediterranean Custom to Monastic and Royal...


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