Tag: Maundy Thursday

MAUNDY THURSDAY: Hymn of the Bridegroom and Herbert’s The Agony



Philosophers have measured mountains,
Fathom’d the depths of seas, of states, and kings,
Walk’d with a staff to heaven, and traced fountains
But there are two vast, spacious things,
The which to measure it doth more behove:
Yet few there are that sound them; Sin and Love.


Who would know Sin, let him repair
Unto Mount Olivet; there shall he see
A man, so wrung with pains, that all his hair,
His skin, his garments, bloody be.
Sin is that Press and Vice, which forceth pain
To hunt his cruel food through every vein.


Who knows not Love, let him assay,
And taste that juice, which on the cross a pike
Did set again abroach; then let him say
If ever he did taste the like.
Love is that liquor sweet and most divine,
Which my God feels as blood; but I, as wine.
by George Herbert 1593-1633


Maundy Thursday . Jesus both gives us the Eucharist and, as he washes feet, demonstrates Eucharistic living. All who feed on the Living Bread are sent to wash the feet of the poor, the broken, the forgotten. The Eucharist is not just event but subversive lifestyle.  (The Bishop of Burnley)


There will be tens of thousands of services tonight all over the world for Maundy Thursday, which in many places will include footwashing.  Not in the Middle East, however.

Dr Ken Bailey was an expert on Middle Eastern languages and culture and made a lifetime’s study of understanding the New Testament, especially, in the culture of its time.  This  engrossing clip shows how Jesus’ washing of his disciples’ feet was a shocking thing to do, and gives a powerful insight into its meaning.