A good friend, who lucky for me does not have a blog, has kindly allowed me to show you her great photos of the foot washing ceremony.
She climbed up to the roof to get them!
Please double-click on the pictures to see the many details.
Don't miss the priest perched up on the side of the wall!
And notice the large number of official photographers on the dais.
This ceremony took place two days ago, on Holy Thursday.
Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilus III washed the feet of twelve of his clergymen, following the example of Jesus who washed his twelve apostles' feet on the day before the first Good Friday.
Eastern Orthodox Christians are now in the Triduum and tomorrow they will celebrate Easter.
Today they have the ceremony of the Holy Light, which happens only in Jerusalem, only in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, only on Great Saturday.
The Holy Fire miraculously comes down to the tomb of Jesus, the pilgrims believe, and the Greek Patriarch emerges and passes it on to the joyous faithful.
(See also my post about the Holy Sepulchre getting wired in preparation.)
(See details about the Holy Fire ceremony in the Jerusalem Post.)
Soon the Easter Vigil will begin.
Easter blessings to all the Orthodox Christians!
UPDATE The Jerusalem Post now has a video of the Holy Fire. Take a look!