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Our church practices foot washing as a sacrament (must do to be saved). This sounds like a point to be cautious about. I know of no place in the scriptures where it says you must wash feet to be saved. I presume your church practices foot washing because of Jesus' words in John 13:14-15 Specifically Jesus says in verse 14, "you should wash one ...


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From the Anabaptist network comes the following: Tertullian (145-220) of North Africa in his De Corona is the first Church Father to indicate that footwashing was practiced in his time, but he gives no clue as to by whom or how. Ambrose of Milan (340-97) states that it was not the practice of the Roman Church, but endorses it as a symbol of sanctification. ...


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A large number of denominations do practice foot washing on a regular or occasional basis, including (to my certain knowledge) Catholic, Anglican and Mennonite, and I have heard of others. All of them have something in common. In each case foot washing is treated as a symbol of how people should treat each other, not as a thing that has merit of itself. ...


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The story of Jesus washing the feet of Peter and the other disciples has two related meanings. When Jesus washes Peter's feet, Peter objects, since he believes Jesus should not be doing such a lowly task for him. Jesus response tells Peter that this washing is an integral part of Jesus and Peter's relationship and so Peter enthusiastically accepts not just ...


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Bible Churches, Methodist, and Baptist doctrines do not consider foot washing a sacrament (what one must do to be saved). They would not interpret John 13 as having anything to do with Salvation. 10 Jesus *said to him, “He who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For He knew ...


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Jesus explained this himself to his disciples: When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one ...


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It seems that the washing of feet was somewhat more popular in the Early Church and even extended into several centuries afterwards. St benedict of Nursia (480-543) in his Rule for Monks which covers all aspects of monastic life includes a chapter on the reception of guests. Chapter 53 states that "the Abbot pour water on the hands of the guests; and both ...


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Why does only the priest do the washing? The priest celebrates Mass In persona Christi (in the person of Christ). As Pope Pius XII explains, The priest is the same, Jesus Christ, whose sacred Person His minister represents. Given this liturgical principle and reality, it is appropriate that Christ's action (washing of feet) is performed by the priest ...


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This is almost like a living parable rather than a spoken one. From a strictly earthly perspective someone who had bathed and then visited another's home would not need to re-bathe but would only need to have his feet washed clean of the grime of travel. Jesus is using practical, mundane earthly things to impart spiritual truths. At the point where Peter ...


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Simon Peter at this inaugural time didn't understand either. He exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and my head as well – not just my feet.” John 13: 9 No, foot washing is nothing to do with cleansing from sin - Peter, initially, assumed it was related to being 'made clean' spiritually as in baptism - hence his exclamation. Jesus was instituting and teaching a ...


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Can only the priest lead the ritual of washing the feet in Holy Tursday in the Catholic Church? The short answer is yes, only a bishop or priest may preform the Mandatum. According to the rubrics only bishops and priests are liturgically permitted to wash the feet of the faithful. It should be noted that the rite of Mandatum remains optional during the ...


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When tied to a specific day of the church calendar, foot-washing is most often observed on Maundy Thursday, often in the evening. This day commemorates Jesus' Last Supper with the disciples before his crucifixion the next day. The Last Supper is the day Jesus washed his disciples' feet (see John 13:1-17). Outside the more traditional churches, there is ...


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According to en.wikipedia.org , Foot washing is observed by many denominations, not only Roman Catholics. But in non-catholic denominations, the rite is not necessarily observed during Lent only. Excerpt from Wikipedia: Protestant practice: Foot washing is observed by numerous Protestant and proto-Protestant groups, including Seventh-day ...


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