To mark the events of Maundy Thursday, staff and students took part in a service in front of the Blessed Sacrament. During the service, led by Sara and Canon Gubbins, we heard readings read by year 7 and listened to music from the Chamber Choir. In addition, 12 year 11 boys acted as Disciples and took part in the traditional washing of the feet.

According to the Gospel, Jesus performed a final act of service for his Disciples, following the Passover meal. Arising from the table, He tied a towel about His waist and filled a basin with water. Then, one after another He washed the feet of each disciple, except Judas, who had already departed to betray Him.

When Peter protested that Jesus was about to wash his feet, Christ admonished, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”

After washing the Disciples’ feet, Jesus explained what He did and why. “You should wash one another’s feet,” He told them. “I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” (John 13:1-17)