MUSCAT : Pulikkottil Dr Geevarghese Mar Yulios, Metropolitan of Ahmedabad, enacted the foot washing or washing of feet ceremony at the Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha Edavaka.
Dr Mar Yulios led the solemn hour-long ritual where he cleansed and kissed the foot of 12 senior Sunday School students at the St Thomas Church on Maundy Thursday of Holy Week, April 5.
Among those who assisted the Metropolitan were Fr Joji George, Vicar, Maha Edavaka, Fr Binu John Thomas, Associate Vicar, Maha Edavaka, Fr Varghese George and several altar boys.
Dr Mar Yulios in his sermon recalled Jesus performing this act from St John 13: 14-17. He instructs them, 14 “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” 15 “For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.”
“Let us cast away all our hatred, jealously and get prepared to walk on the path of Golgotha on Good Friday. Now is the time to wash away all our sins and to get prepared for the way to salvation. There is no crown without the cross, His Grace stressed.”
Dr Mar Yulios recalled the tradition of teachers washing the feet of their disciples. His Grace mentioned philosopher saint Swami Vivekanand who before setting up the Ramakrishna Ashram had washed the feet of the disciples on a evening in December 24, a day before commemorating the birth of Christ.
After the foot washing ceremony, the Metropolitan led the students who had their feet washed in a procession to the parsonage where the Last Supper of Jesus was enacted. Later, Dr Mar Yulios also dined with the priests and the boys as an enactment of the Lords Last Supper. The Last Supper, according to Christian belief, is the final meal that Jesus shared with his 12 Apostles in Jerusalem before his crucifixion.
The ritual washing of feet is now associated with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which celebrates in a special way the Last Supper of Jesus, before which he washed the feet of his apostles. A large number of faithful and parishioners had gathered at the Maha Edavaka to witness the event.