It was at the close of the wedding, after the vows. As a final symbolic gesture water was poured into a large bowl and, taking turns, the bride and groom each kneeled before their new spouse and washed their feet.
We’ve seen it many times on Maundy Thursday, of course, the reenactment of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet as a part of that last supper. You shall love one another, he said. The master of all should be the servant of all.
But this was the first wedding I’ve witnessed in which foot washing was included as a part of the ritual. I like it, not for every wedding, but for those who appreciate what it means. Such a gesture needs to be mutual, going both ways, as partners begin that long process of serving one another as Jesus served his beloved ones.
Question: Can you get cold feet as easily if you know they are going to be washed by someone who loves you?