I’ve discovered a new LITURGICAL CEREMONY for Maundy Thursday evidenced by the following from the Church of England Newspaper: While the Rt. Revd. Chris Edmondson, Bishop of Bolton, polished shoes in Victoria Square, Bolton, the Rt. Revd. Paul Butler, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, joined the Rt. Revd. Tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood, to polish shoes in Mansfield town centre. The Rt. Revd. Paul Butler told the CofE Newspaper that “this is a modern twist on the tradition of foot washing”! I understand that this has happened in many places round the UK
Well, there you have it. Instead of preparing a bowl of water, tying a towel around yourself and washing the feet of 12 folk at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday get some black, brown and possibly neutral shoe polish, some brushes and cloths and possibly a small stand for those volunteering for this innovation to comfortably place their feet and shoes. Ask for the volunteers to come forward and perhaps the organ and choir could sing "Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy".
We expect a lead from the Bishops but, on second thoughts, I think I’ll stick to the original liturgical practice.