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Weekly Paragraphs for the Holy Sacrament
By Austin Farrer
Dacre Press, Westminster

I SHALL presently invite you to make confession, and shall be praying for your absolution.  The washing of the disciples' feet at the Last Supper according to St. John's Gospel fitly expresses the absolving power of the eucharist.  Baptism, St. John conveys to us, is the bath by which the Christian people has put off uncleanness once for all; Holy Communion is a foot-washing by which the dust of daily sin is daily washed away.  Jesus said to Peter at the supper: 'Unless I wash thee, thou hast no part with me.'  The Son of God knelt before Peter to wash his feet; the Son of God had humbled himself to be a man, and was presently to die for our cleansing on the altar of the cross.  You will gratefully and firmly believe that you have full cleansing in this sacrament, from your laziness and irreligion as well as from more positive offences.  Go out carrying your cleanness before God, and when you fail, your remedy is always here.