Greek Orthodox patriarch washes feet in Jerusalem

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April 5, 2007 14:26

Hundreds of Greek Orthodox believers filled the courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday to watch their patriarch wash the feet of followers as part of an ancient Easter tradition. The ceremony is a reenactment of Jesus's act of humility when he, according to Christian belief, washed his 12 apostles' feet in Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years ago. Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theofilos III, dressed in white robes, poured soapy water from an ornate silver pitcher into a bowl. Twelve priests, selected by seniority, dipped their feet in the water and Theofilos carefully cleaned them with a white cloth.


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