Now that whole sad issue of the washing of the feet of women has been settled by the powers-that-be, I’m hearing from people all over the place that their “Mandatum” is being dropped from their Holy Thursday Masses.
In any event, I still want to provide a Public Service Announcement to help to clarify some issues surrounding the foot washing rite. It’s what I do.
So, here are a few Questions which need to be Worked Through before Holy Thursday arrives.
- How will the stockings work?
- How many days before should the pedicure be obtained? I’ve already heard the opinion that it should be the day immediately before, but I know nothing of these things. (Do any of us think that a woman chosen for priestly foot-handling won’t get a pedicure? Will this new option, therefore, change our custom of calling Wednesday “Spy Wednesday”? Does it take on a new meaning?)
- In the ancient church the newly baptized wore their albs for the Octave. Should women wear toe-less (open-toed?) shoes to indicate their new Status as lavatae?
- What about the “transgendered”? Could a priest who doesn’t want to do this, but has the bishop and others breathing down his neck, get “women” who were (and really still are) men?
I am sure I am missing few points, but this is a start.
Best wishes for your Holy Thursday.
Oh… by the way… the foot-washing rite always was only an option, not obligatory, and it is still a legitimate option to wash the feet of males only, thus eliminating the need to form a committee to resolve the aforementioned.
Moderation queue is, yes, ON.