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This is the word used for the holy ritual of washing feet, which is closely associated with Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday in the Christian tradition.
The religious act of foot-washing, however, is also practiced in Islam and Sikhism as part of ritual cleanliness. Within these religions, purity in worship is very important. Furthermore, in the predominantly Hindu culture of India, touching the feet of others is seen as a sign of respect.
"Within Christianity, the practice derives from the scriptures of the New Testament (John 13:1-15; 1 Timothy 5:10) in which Jesus tells his followers to wash-each others' feet as a sign of humility and brotherhood. In fact, Jesus himself, washes the apostles' feet to exemplify humility and servitude," said the New World Encyclopedia
Day of Honor on Saturday
Many churches will incorporate some sort of foot-washing ritual in their services this evening. For the Steelbridge community (formerly Albuquerque Rescue Mission), the washing of the feet will take place on Saturday, April 15, as part of its Day of Honor event, which will be held at the partner organization The Rock at Noonday (2400 2nd Street NW).
Here is what Steelbridge says about its event:
We all fall down sometimes. We all encounter trials and difficulties. And in those times, we can curl up in despair—or we can partner with those who will provide strength, encouragement, and hope.
A Day of Honor is a special day set apart to be that outstretched hand; a steady support so you can stand back to your feet.
There will be a celebration of music and ministry, foot washing, free shoes & socks, hygeiene items, and special gifts for children, as well as a special Easter banquet in the afternoon.
The Day of Honor Celebration begins at 9am at The Rock
The Day of Honor Banquet begins at 4pm - also at The Rock