Friday, 10 April 2009
A Day Late - A Maundy Thought
Last night, while it was still Maundy Thursday, I was musing on the fine ceremony of the Maundy Money, and wondered when the earlier tradition of the monarch actually washing the feet of representatives of the deserving poor was abandoned. To my surprise, I discovered that it lasted until the death of James II. There is even a drawing from life of Elizabeth I performing this symbolic, but very physical and intimate, service. I would not propose that our monarchs - especially our poor old Queen - should again take to washing the feet of the poor, but would it not be a wonderful and salutary thing to see those who now have real power over the people - Gordon Broon and, say, 'Jacqui' Smith and 'Lord' Mandelson - thus on their knees? Ah well, a man can dream...
Meanwhile, in the garden, the first snakeshead fritillary is in flower today (hence the picture). Always a sight to gladden the heart.