The House of One invited to ...
... for the Washing of the Feet in the Christian church. We want to get to know the religious traditions of the individual founding communities. On the eve of Holy Thursday, the Protestant parish of St.Marien-St.Petri, together with the House of One and the Anglican parish of St. George, will invite you to a washing of feet in the Marienkirche on Alexanderplatz in Berlin.
Rabbi Andreas Nachama and Imam Kadir Sanci take part in the service with liturgical hospitality.
On the eve of Maundy Thursday we invite people from all religions and cultures to be guests of the ancient Christian ritual of foot washing. Everyone is welcome, not only those who want to pray with us, but also all those who want to watch and perceive what happens. Those who want can also have their feet washed. That is voluntary.
Foot washing has been used in many churches over the centuries until today. Our Anglican and Catholic brothers and sisters remember on Holy Thursday that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples before the Last Supper. Even the pope washes the feet of twelve priests on this day. Pope Francis modified the ritual a little. He for example did not wash the feet of priests last year, but of twelve prisoners in a Roman prison, and in the years before he also washed the feet of refugees or, for the first time, of women.
A gesture of respect and hospitality
Foot washing is a gesture of hospitality, not of power, humiliation or humiliation. In a world that knew neither closed leather shoes to tie nor daily changing socks nor asphalted roads, foot washing was a natural ritual before a returnee entered the house. They wanted to wash off the dusty signs of the hike and thus appear clean on their hands AND feet for a meal together.
The Church always called this washing of the feet the "Mandatum", the "Commandment", because it expresses what Jesus had commanded: "Love one another as I have loved you. Serve one another. Let the first be the servant." This ministry is not symbolic, it is real and has to do with bending over and washing. The gesture does not express a historical event, but a commandment for today, an attitude towards one's fellow human beings.
As part of our discussion series, Haladhara Thaler will talk about "Hinduism between tradition and modernity" with Imam Osman Örs and Pastor Gregor Hohberg. The event will be moderated by Esther Hirsch. Haladhara Thaler was chairman of the Hindu Community Berlin for 25 years and is now a member of the leadership team of the Berlin Forum of Religions.