Let’s return for a moment to your experience of the Triduum and Holy Thurday’s Mass of the Last Supper.
The rite of washing of feet, or Mandatum, is an option in the Roman Rite. I know of a few places where it is not done. In fact, we discussed whether or not to do it where I am in New York City. (We did it.)
Also, the Church’s liturgical law is crystal clear: only males can be chosen for this, and they should be men: viri selecti. Vir means “man” and cannot, cannot – period – mean a female.
NB: I am not trying to be speciesist. The Roman Rite still limits this to human beings. Furthermore, I think the race is still limited to two sexes. Therefore I edited one of the answer options from “and only males and females were chosen” to “and males and females were chosen”. Please know that I am trying to overcome my speciesist tendencies.
So, what happened where you went to Holy Thursday’s Mass, assuming, of course, that you went. Otherwise, if you did not go, perhaps you know what happened by word of mouth or by reading the bulletin, etc.
Chose your answer and add a comment in the combox, below.