A shoe shine from the bishop

From the BBC:

Bishops are getting down on their knees this Maundy Thursday to shine the shoes of office workers and shoppers in towns and cities across the country.

The free act is inspired by the night of the Last Supper when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet before his trial and crucifixion on Good Friday.

Bishop of Birmingham the Rt Revd David Urquhart said it showed the clergy were prepared to serve their communities.

Church figures in Northampton, Coventry and Leicester are also taking part.

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Generally we are in favor of innovative means of taking the church’s message and practices into the streets. But physical intimacy is an essential ingredient in the the foot-washing ceremony, and that’s lost here.

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