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Tuesday, April 06, 2004
The agony of da feet

With Holy Thursday coming up, you need to read the Old Oligarch's theological analysis of the traditional foot-washing ceremony. While it is licit to use laymen in this ritual, its meaning -- contrary to just about every homily you've ever heard about it -- is not confined to humility and "service". Rather, the original foot-washing was an integral part of Our Lord's ordination of the Apostles as priests, and ever since, the ritual has featured sacerdotal imagery and implications.