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Holy Thursday is the day in the Christian calendar for the traditional foot washing of the clergy’s feet by the bishop of the diocese. This ancient ritual commemorates Jesus’ washing the feet of the apostles at Passover, known to Christians as The Last Supper. The ritual is duplicated in local churches and includes congregants in its performance. Check your local church for more details.
INVOLVING CHILDREN IN THIS HOLIEST OF WEEKS
Women for Faith & Family has published Holy Thursday, a presentation clearly explaining the connection between the sacred ceremonies of The Washing of the Feet and The First Eucharist.
This Holy Thursday publication by Women for Faith & Family includes materials designed to help children understand the meaning of these last days of Lent that are at the core of Christianity.
“We have prepared a Christian adaptation of a Passover Seder, simple enough for use in families with young children. This special meal stresses the Christian significance of elements of this traditional Jewish Passover meal (seder) as it may have been celebrated in our Lord’s time. It is neither a re-enactment of the Last Super nor a Jewish service. But we believe this festive family meal can be a very expressive way of helping young children understand more about the historic origins of their faith as well as the importance of this day of Holy Week. This is in the full edition of the Family Sourcebook for Lent and Easter.” -From Women for Faith & Family, Holy Tursday.
There are other activities, including those on the Stations of the Cross page, where “we have included suggestions for a family observance of the Stations of the Cross (also known as Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross) says Women for Faith & Family.
I encourage you to review these materials to enhance the significance of the Easter season for you, your family and friends.
To download Women for Faith & Family Holy Thursday including Family Activities go to <http://www.wf-f.org/HolyThurs.html>