The Maundy Thursday is one of endings and beginnings. What was begun on Ash Wednesday is brought to a close here tonight. What begins tonight does not end until the resurrection of Easter. It is the ancient Triduum, "The Three Sacred Days," which lead us to Easter: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday with its Vigil of Easter.
Fellow servants of Christ, on this night Jesus set an example for the disciples by washing their feet, an act of humble service. Therefore, I invite you to come forward. As your feet are washed remember that strength and growth in God's reign come by lowly service such as this.