Cathedral clergy roll up their sleeves to join in #Washday2015


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Cathedral clergy roll up their sleeves for #Washday 15


What: #Washday15 sees clergy from Christ Church washing a British Red Cross vehicle on Maundy Thursday

Where: The Broad Walk at Christ Church, Oxford

When: 9.30am on Thursday, April 2 2015

Television cameras, reporters and photographers are invited.


THE DEAN of Oxford’s Christ Church Cathedral and members of the Cathedral Chapter will be joining in the #Washday 15 campaign by washing a British Red Cross vehicle on Maundy Thursday.


#Washday15 is a new initiative encouraging people to make a difference in their communities throughout Lent by taking part in a washing activity. It is particularly relevant on Maundy Thursday, the day leading up to Easter. This is when Christians celebrate the Last Supper Jesus had with his disciples before the events leading up to his crucifixion. The washing element is inspired by the way Jesus washed his disciples’ feet during the supper.


The Revd Canon Edmund Newey, the Cathedral’s Sub Dean, said: “When Jesus washed his disciples’ feet he showed his care for them.  His leadership wasn’t top-down, it began with washing their tired, dusty feet and ended by transforming every aspect of their lives.  #Washday15 is a reminder that our lives too can be transformed by the care we give and receive in Christ’s name.”



#Washday15 was launched by the Diocese of Oxford at the start of Lent. Since then it has gone global, with the Episcopal Church in the USA promoting it in their churches and parishes in our link Diocese of Växjö in Sweden being encouraged to take part. The material may be translated into French and Spanish to maximise its usage across the Anglican Communion. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby did the washing up at a school in Birmingham


See to find out more about #Washday15 and watch a short video.




For more information contact Jo Duckles on 07880 716761 or 01865 208227.


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