POLLS: Holy Thursday Foot Washing – What happened where you are?

This year for the first time it is licit that women’s feet be washing during the entirely optional “Mandatum” in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Holy Thursday.

NB: Before this year, those who were doing so, did so in violation of the law.

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 best answer – depending on the Form of Mass you attended – and add a comment in the combox, below.

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  1. JARay says:

    As usual the majority were female and we had at least two children. It has always been so, I am sorry to say.

  2. Bthompson says:

    I am a vicar, and my pastor was kind enough to not require me to participate in a mixed-sex mandatum (he did it alone). So long as I choose an option the Church allows, he does not tell me how to do my job or which options to take; I know some of my brothers in other dioceses who are not so lucky.

  3. yatzer says:

    It has been part of Holy Thursday in the 10 or so years I’ve been in the parish, but it was not included this year.

  4. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    Our EF parish in Indianapolis has previously included the Mandatum during the EF Mass on Holy Thursday, but not this year.

  5. abasham says:

    My parish washes the feet of twelve altar boys who, at our parish, are actually all boys. (Diocese of Arlington)

  6. I am happy to say that I am on the train home from Holy Innocents in Manhattan and Fr. Villa did not include the foot washing rite in the extraordinary form Mass. Enough said.

  7. Volanges says:

    I’m sorry, I may have skewed the results. I accidentally voted in the EF poll when I attended the OF of Mass. We had men, women and children (male and female). Ages ranged from a 3 year old on dad’s lap to 70+.

  8. Andrew D says:

    I am very, very upset. The Church in town (Philadelphia) that offers Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Sundays isn’t offering one for Holy Thursday this year. So, I went to my parish Church. Much to my horror, during the foot washing, six (not twelve) people came forward – three boys and three girls, all dressed very casually I must add. I had to look away and pray the St. Michael prayer. I’m still upset about this and even more so to see that this poll is showing similar results. Jesus chose MEN as His disciples and the events of Holy Thursday were the preparation for the priesthood. To wash the feet of women is to give a o.k. to the idea of women priests. I was so upset I debated not receiving Communion but I did considering the day and also, I really needed Our Lord. Like I said, I am very upset. I’m upset with my parish pastor for allowing this to happen. I’m upset with Pope Francis for starting this and continuing this. And, I’m upset that these kids who participated in tonight’s foot washing, as well as the people in the Church acting as if “well, things have changed” have been led down the wrong path. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, forgive us and have mercy on us. Our Lady of La Salette, our Mother of Sorrows, pray for us.

  9. TheDude05 says:

    I skewed as well and votes in the EF poll first but attended a Ordinary Form Mass where our Priest only chose males and only washed males.

  10. Xmenno says:

    After at least 5 years where only 12 men were chosen, explained as symbolic of the 12 disciples, this year we had 10 people of which 5 were men and 5 were women. I prayed with my eyes closed. I thought that was OK to do.
    On a better note, our Bishop’s homily was excellent, and our choir and organist created a beautiful setting for the Mass.

  11. frjim4321 says:

    Nice people.
    Females and Males.
    Various ages.
    All had one left and one right foot washed.
    Water was nice and warm and scented with Orange/Ginger soap.
    Three male servers; 10, 20 and 38 years of age.
    One male Master of Ceremony.
    Six EM’s, all adults, male and female.
    Communion under both species.
    Reservation procession at the end about the best ever.
    A bit of drama, a person passed out during communion but was okay.
    Homily was based on the readings and the April 11 Papal Bull of Pope Francis’.
    Mercy as the heart of the gospel and the heart of the church.

  12. frjim4321 says:

    Oops … “nice people” = “nine people”

  13. msouth85 says:

    Sorry, I too skewed the results for the EF. I did vote for the OF though. We had all men participating in the foot washing right.

  14. Felipe says:

    I attend St Margaret Mary in Oakland, CA. No foot washing occurred. Such a beautiful Mass with procession and the stripping of the altar while choir chanted psalm 21. This year will be my first time attending The Extraordinary Form for The Holy Triduum & Easter Vigil. Thanks be to God for the opportunity to attend!

  15. Nan says:

    Ugh. He washed the feet of four men and four women.

  16. irishthree says:

    I am very happy to say that our Pastor washed the feet of 12 good men…Real Catholic Men who go to adoration and are good examples

  17. andia says:

    no foot washing rite — a wonderful 20 minute homily on the priesthood and it’s connection to the Last Supper and the Eucharist.

  18. Filipino Catholic says:

    OF, ten men, two women. Not sure if the Mass was supposed to be concelebrated by six priests though. Not bad for the first time I attended such a Mass, and I am so glad the hymn during the procession of the Blessed Sacrament was none other than the Pange Lingua itself (a capella at that).

    On a side note, this was also the first time I’d actually heard the crotalus used instead of the handbell during the Mass. Is there any other OF parish that still uses those wooden clappers?

  19. jfk03 says:

    Greek Catholic service, Divine Liturgy of St Basil. No foot washing. Father eliminated it last year.

  20. Spade says:

    I jacked up the poll results to. :(

    6 and 6 at the OF I was at, last year and prior was all guys. And they did the Servant’s Song, which I did not sing because it is terrible in every way. Even our great choir couldn’t rescue it. I hate it. So much.

    Mass was also bilingual english/Spanish because we don’t have a universal language for the Latin Rite. Pity that.

    Then after mass we did a lovely Eucharistic procession while doing Latin chant to a special area for the blessed sacrament for prayer until midnight. So not all bad.

  21. jst5000 says:

    OF, 9 women, 3 men. I declined after being asked several times. To my dismay, the priest decided to include kissing of the feet this year (did not do so last year – what changed?) The normally beautiful Pange Lingua was sung in English this year to a simpler rhythm. Wood clappers used instead of bells.

  22. Nan says:

    Filipino Catholic, I think the OF allows all the priests you want to concelebrate. We had the Apostolic Admnistrator who will be the Archbishop, named just this morning, and three priests at the Cathedral of St Paul in St Paul, MN.

    We also had the wooden clapper and a cappella Pange Lingua.

  23. jameeka says:

    Archbishop and priests washed about six people’s feet, mostly women’s and girls’. Archbishop explained that Holy Thursday notable for institution of the Eucharist, AND priesthood, and also stressed the important of Service. The actual foot washing was kind of a non-event, awkward to have in middle of Mass. Sigh. Terrific sermon though, and Eucharistic Prayer #1.

  24. AttiaDS says:

    FSSP in Maple Hill, KS did NOT have the feet washing this year as our chaplain is in a state of recovery. We have two other priests, but they were in choir and did not act as the Deacon or Sub-Deacon. We were told in the Palm Sunday bulletin that Easter services would be simple not solemn. Typically, there is the feet washing of males during the Mass.

  25. cda_sister says:

    Attended beautiful OF Mass. No foot washing. Sadly, due to the change, it was removed from Mass and was done this morning, after a prayer service, in our Community Center. It included men, women and children. Do not like this change at all.

  26. Elizabeth D says:

    Bishop Morlino said that contrary to what you read in the papers people are not all banging down the doors begging to get their feet washed. Many people are reluctant when you ask them. His homily reflected both the point that Holy Thursday is about the Eucharist and the priesthood, and also a Pope Francis type interpretation of the meaning of foot washing as mutual humble service to one another which we are all called to in some way as we all share in a way in the royal priesthood of Our Lord. It was a balanced discussion of the subject.

    Then as I expected (but I was a little nervous during the homily because he was being very fair to the Pope Francis interpretation) he washed 12 seminarians, like he always does. What a relief!

    We always have the wooden clapper instead of bells on Holy Thursday.

  27. Elizabeth D says:

    Also we always have Pange Lingua during the procession, singing each verse first in Latin then English till the end when they sing Tantum Ergo onward just in Latin.

  28. Elizabeth D says:

    By the way, this year the procession with Pange Lingua totally made me think of the procession at the End of the World at the end of Robert Hugh Benson’s The Lord of the World. During prayer before the sepulcher I couldn’t stop thinking of and praying for the priest kidnapped in Yemen who some fear might be crucified on Good Friday–and all suffering Christians.

  29. Healingrose1202 says:

    The people who had their feet washed in my parish were the men, women, and children who were to receive their first communion or confirmation tonight, along with a few other volunteers. We had our priest and two deacons in the front of church, each washing a male and female’s feet, in addition to three similar stations set up in the middle of the aisles, (6*2=12). It’s basically the same as it has always been. I’m always surprised at how quickly the process is done during a relatively short hymn. I looked down at the hymnal to sing along, and when I looked back up, I practically had missed the entire process.

    The one reassuring thing tonight was seeing a few women wearing veils. I wore my veil last week for the first time in front of my mother for Palm Sunday. When attending tonight with her, I choose to cover my head with a scarf after being lectured this week about how oppressive and horrible the Catholic Church was prior to Vatican II. When I expressed my desire to experience Mass in sung Latin this week, you would have thought I told my mother I was going to run away to join a Sadistic cult. The more I study about Canon Law, the more my heart breaks. I realize how much we have lost that was never intended to be lost.

  30. VeritasVereVincet says:

    OF. I kept my eyes closed for 90% of it, but there were absolutely both sexes. I suspect there were 6-8 stations with 4 people each (including the priest, both deacons, and the server), two in chairs while two others washed their feet, then switch. This means the priest washes one person’s feet, and then that person washes his. The six former candidates were also part of those having their feet washed, because my parish is in the habit of celebrating the Rite of Reception before the Holy Thursday Mass instead of at the Easter Vigil.

    They also have the aggravating habits of consecrating homemade possibly-valid-but-I-don’t-trust-anything-that-isn’t-a-normal-Host wheat bread during the Triduum, and reserving some of the Precious Blood in the Tabernacle for Good Friday.

    On the plus side, the choir always chants Pange Lingua during the procession to the “reservation” place. Which is the normal tabernacle, because it is in an alcove in the back instead of in the sanctuary…sigh.

    No clappers. We don’t even have bells. (Ah, the vast and sundry multitude of things that would change, were I in charge…)

    this year the procession with Pange Lingua totally made me think of the procession at the End of the World at the end of Robert Hugh Benson’s The Lord of the World.


  31. lmgilbert says:

    The pastor/ prior washed the feet of three priests. A beautiful OF Mass at Holy Rosary in Portland, said ad orientem and with much Latin, with five priests and about fifteen male altar servers, and glorious Gregorian chant throughout, wooden clapper, procession to Siena Hall afterwards.

    But . . .talk about Biblical symbolism. Note that five priests began con-celebrating, but one left before the Gospel!and one could not look at that empty seat at the footwashing without being taken back to the same scene 2000 yrs ago. However, unlike Judas he came back for the distribution of Holy Communion. It tuns out he had been called away for the emergency baptism of an infant.

  32. Our PP left it out to avoid complications of any kind. We have always had just men before now.

    We actually said the Profession of Faith instead (oops), but this year Father remembered to brief the altar boys not to ring the bells during the Canon or at Holy Communion.

  33. majuscule says:

    Ordinary Form. With only 27 people at Mass there were not even twelve males in attendance. One teen boy had his feet washed but the rest were females–from ages 4 to 74.

    The musicians sang an English version of Pange Lingua during the procession to the Altar of Repose. Father, who normally doesn’t care one way or the other about Latin, seemed startled–he does like Pange Lingua and Tantum Ergo at Benediction.

    After the altar was stripped, some of us, including Father, stayed to pray a while with Jesus…

  34. Geoffrey says:

    I voted “involved everyone being invited to do something to someone else”. That seems to be the norm throughout my diocese. It has been for years and I do not see it changing. I was very pleased to see on Facebook when I got home that my cousin, a monsignor in Texas, washed the feet of 12 men.

  35. baileymxd says:

    Our bishop opted not to do it, so we followed suit. The whole thing is devisive now. Pick only men and follow the law and you’re sexist. Pick women, and you support rule bending (or rule changing so parishes fall in line). Our pastor is a canon lawyer, so…

    I heard a vicar joke, “we should do what they did in the old days.”

  36. JonPatrick says:

    OF, no foot washing (yay!). I also voted in the EF at first. Mass was well done, no hymn sandwich but Introit, Gradual and Tract all in Latin by the schola, lots of incense, good homily about service, Eucharistic Prayer #1. procession downstairs to the altar of repose in the chapel singing Pange Lingua.

  37. JonPatrick says:

    Forgot to mention – we also used the Crotalus.

  38. Wiktor says:

    OF, no foot washing, Roman Canon, Sanctus and Agnus Dei in Latin, crotalus.

  39. Volanges says:

    Other than the mix of people for the foot washing, we had the Roman Canon, a beautiful procession where the choir fell in behind Father and sang the Pange Lingua and Tantum Ergo (in English) a capella.

    The ‘hitches’, if I can call them that is that after the ringing of the bells during the Gloria they weren’t put away so we got bells at the Consecration and tambourine at the Sanctus.

    What I did find odd is that the priest who is administrator of our parish, since our Pastor died 6 weeks ago, didn’t know the Tabernacle had to be empty for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and he asked why we wanted the Vigil to be after dark, two things I would have thought a priest would know by the time he was ordained.

  40. Molly says:

    I am embarrassed to admit that in my eagerness to vote, I also voted in the wrong poll – the EF poll. I attended the OF Mass (also voted in the OF poll when I realized my mistake). Men, women, children. Eucharistic Procession, yes, but Pange Lingua in English.

  41. Colette says:

    I already knew that there were going to be women because our women’s fellowship committee had asked for the names of women who might be interested, so I did what I thought was best, kept my eyes sealed shut and didn’t watch it! (kind of like a 2 year old, but it was the best option for me!) The funny part was that our associate priest gave a nice homily all about the priesthood and talked about the significance of Jesus washing the feet of his apostles, not his apostles and the women that were there! Also, our music program is always beautiful! The majority of the sung parts of Mass our musical director always has the choir perform in Latin. I did find it interesting, however, that the picture on the front of the program for last night, was one of Jesus washing the feet of his apostles…all men of course! Think I’ll try the Fraternity next year!

  42. chrysostomos says:

    OF Mass. Priest has everyone come up and wash hands while Ubi Caritas CHANT was sung.

  43. acardnal says:

    “I am embarrassed to admit that in my eagerness to vote, I also voted in the wrong poll – the EF poll. “

    Seems many folks here voted in the wrong poll inadvertently. That explanation makes sense because I was a bit baffled when I saw the results for the EF poll.

    As for me, I did not attend Mass last evening due to inclement weather and road conditions.

  44. Grumpy Beggar says:

    I also may have inadvertently placed one vote in the Extraordinary Form ( “males and females were chosen” category) which belonged in the Ordinary Form grouping.

    . . . Same percentage as Filipino Catholic – 10 men, 2 women, and for most of the rite’s duration I ended up doing the same thing as Xmenno – closing my eyes and praying (singing actually – we were all singing Amazing Grace). It’s a little easier not to be distracted that way.

    At this celebration our vicar was presider and homilist while our pastor was concelebrant. Each of them washed the feet of 6 people- with the second priest taking up where the first had left off.

    * Note: Our pastor came out from the sacristy a little less than 20 minutes before the celebration began fully vested for Mass in gold chasuble and began to make his way down a side aisle towards the front entrance of the church to join the processional members who were beginning to assemble , but before he got there, someone approached him and asked him to hear their confession . . . and he did.

    Does it get any busier for a priest than during Holy week ? Yet Father made time to hear the confession. Both of our priests are that approachable for the sacrament of Reconciliation.

    Way before our priests got to the rite , they got it right.

    Thank you dear Lord.

  45. Mike says:

    TLM, with nary an empty pew despite the enticements of a beautiful Spring evening outdoors in the nation’s capital. Parking and traffic snarls owing to a performance by The Who at the arena down the street seem to have had little impact.

    As far as I know there was no foot washing at either event.

  46. Kathleen10 says:

    Thanks to all who shared they voted in the wrong poll. I was dismayed.
    I avoided the whole mess by staying home. The popes Mass was no consolation at all.

  47. Nicolas Bellord says:

    Wonderful service at St Pancras, Lewes, UK. Men only had feet washed.

  48. Susan says:

    Cathedral of St. Paul – 8 adults (4 men 4 women) – tell me what choice does the Bishop have today? [The same choice we all have. Just say “No.”]
    Sad and speaks volumes. We are all called to serve. To all my priest friends – I am sorry! Another sacrifice you make for the church and its members. Thank You!

  49. Packrraat says:

    On Sunday, our pastor talked about the “foot washing” on Holy Thursday. He explained that even though the Holy Father has made washing women’s feet legitimate starting this year, that we will continue to do the foot washing the way it is supposed to be done, in a way that highlights the two main things about Holy Thursday—-the institution of the priesthood and the institution of the Holy Eucharist. He was very diplomatic and respectful about it, though it is obvious that he disagrees with many of the things the Holy Father says and does. He said that the only change this year will be that it will not be 12 altar boys, it would include altar boys, seminarians (our parish has lots of them), and one layman.

    I did go last evening and it was a refreshing change from our previous parish where most of the feet washed were women’s. The church was PACKED TO THE GILLS, with many people still standing.

  50. capchoirgirl says:

    NO Mass: only men. I love the way my parish does it, actually–we have the whole Dominican community, and the altar boys–this year we had the altar boy deans–to get to 12. So the four deans, and the rest were all Dominicans. No drama!

  51. capchoirgirl says:

    Dominican priests and our cooperator brother, I should say. Sorry.

  52. oldconvert says:

    Votedin wrong poll too. OF but with Kyrie, Gloria and Sanctus sung, and in Latin! Crotalus instead of bells. Homily on the institution of the Eucarist and the priesthood and pray for the kidnapped Salesian missionary Father. Our parish has for years had the odd woman in the foot washing, to make up the number, but this year it was about 50% women, I noticed. (Like altar girls, it’ll be 100% in a few years.) Lots of incense, Pange Lingua.

  53. Imrahil says:

    Ah yes, I voted in the wrong poll too. So, I was in the Ordinary Form and we had the now legal mixed footwashing. 12 people, whereof one almost-adult altar boy and one little altar girl, four other women (I think I remember we had no purposeful 6-6 mixture nor a female majority), five other men.

    Afterwards, Pange lingua in Gregorian chant for four stanzas and in classically composed form for the Tantum ergo. In Latin, a cappella. No organ after the Gloria, though we did have some violin music during the Mandatum.

    Ah yes, as an introductory song, the vernacular hymn-form rendering of Vexilla regis prodeunt.

    I can’t complain.

  54. HyacinthClare says:

    For the first time I remember, we didn’t have the foot washing last night. (I attend an FSSP Extraordinary Form parish.) But Father preached on it. He said, very graciously and positively, that allowing women to have their feet washed is now permitted, and it expresses humility, and inclusion, and all kinds of charitable and generous emotions. But it completely omits the point that it is supposed to be describing Christ’s ordination of his (exclusively male, exclusively celibate) priesthood, and it’s a sad thing to miss an entire point. I kept thinking the sermon was about to go south and approve of the change, but it never did. It was a tour de force of clarity about true Church teaching, without one critical word.

  55. FrAnt says:

    I am considering this the last year I do the foot washing. Am I wrong, but Jesus washed the feet of the Apostles so that would understand the connection between the Eucharist and service? Are the Apostles the bishops who are to lead others to Christ in the Eucharist (love of God), and service to all people (love of neighbor)?
    Pope Francis has done a terrible disservice to the connection between priesthood, Eucharist, and service when he washed the feet of 12 people of different faiths.
    I am beginning to believe more each day that Pope Francis has been given to the Church because so many have turned away from the Gospel to embrace this world.
    How often the Mystical Body of Christ is wounded, not by outsiders, but by his own members. Cancer comes to mind.
    I am sorry for rambling.

  56. Jim Dorchak says:

    I was so afraid of what I would see that I did not go. Last year it was Hot Chicks in mini skirts and dancers.

  57. NIdahoCatholic says:

    FSSP, Coeur d’Alene, ID. 12 men and I was privileged to be one of them. It was an awe-some and humbling experience. As we had a visiting priest, in addition to our resident two, it was Solemn High Mass. Laus tibi, Christi!

  58. HobokenZephyr says:

    No Mandatum at our Cathedral. First time I can recall it happening during His Excellency’s episcopate. His homily focused on the “Heavenly aspects” of the original Mandatum rather than it’s physical aspects.

    No Mandatum at our local geographic parish either.

  59. APX says:

    FSSP, the District Superior for NA is here for the Triduum, along with two seminarians, one being a deacon, so we had a Solemn High Mass last night (along with confessions during Mass). As to be expected in the EF, men only had their feet washed, which was refreshing after the women-infested Chrism Mass at the Cathedral on Monday.

  60. sicut_servus says:

    New to the blog…I attend a very large OF parish. The pastor disappointed me by selecting 12 random members of the parish: men, women and children. But what really irked me was after he washed their feet, he handed each one of them a wrapped gift. The homily was decent; the Eucharistic Procession was reverential and the Pange Lingua was sung in Latin.

  61. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    To Majuscule: your comment about the demographics of attendance at your OF reminds me keenly of the late Cardinal Heenan’s observation when he first witnessed the Novus Ordo.

  62. Charlotte Allen says:

    Fortunately, my parish in DC is staffed by a priory of Dominicans, so twelve Dominican friars had their feet washed–yay! The Mass was dignified and traditional, in a beautifully decorated sanctuary. We sang the Pange Lingua (over and over) in the procession to the the chapel of repose.

    After sitting for a number of years through female foot-washing and politely looking the other way, my new policy is simply not to attend Mass on Holy Thursday if women are to participate in the foot-washing. Although the Holy Thursday Mass is a beautiful part of the Triduum, Holy Thursday is not a holy day of obligation. As I’ve said before on this site, it is inappropriate for a woman to have her feet washed by a man who is not her husband, her father, or her son. Female foot-washing looks faintly lascivious if the bare foot belongs to a young woman and faintly revolting if it belongs to an older woman.

    Strangely enough, I often get into arguments on this subject with female Facebook friends who are otherwise devout, loyal Catholics devoted to chastity, Christian marriage, and the pro-life cause. They just don’t get my point about the sheer inappropriateness of female foot-washing.

  63. Aquinas Gal says:

    Ordinary form. No foot washing. That’s a relief! I’m disappointed that in general the foot washing is starting to obscure the focus on the Eucharist and the priesthood. I wish it would just be taken out of the Mass altogether and go back to what we had pre-1955. I feel troubled by the way it’s getting to be a political statement with the pope washing the feet of Muslim refugees, etc., even following this week’s terrorist attacks. It seems so incongruous and sends the wrong message that Islam is just fine and there is nothing to be concerned about in regard to excessive Muslim immigration.

  64. Aquinas Gal says:

    PS Fr Humwicke has a great column on the pedilavium. If the pope washed the feet of some of the cardinals he disagrees with that would impress me a lot more…

  65. Darren says:

    Mater Ecclesiae in Berlin, NJ – Extraordinary Form
    All of Holy Week done as pre-1955. So, no foot-washing.

  66. dbonneville says:

    Skipped it for the first time ever. I won’t ever go again if it’s not going to be males, and I know in advance. The change in rules are wrong, and I hope the next pope (the Angelic Pastor?) flips it right back :)

  67. Vox clamantis in deserto says:

    NO in Bratislava, Slovakia, 10 people had their feet washed, 7 men, 3 women…
    The novelty was introduced, I am quite sure, in the spirit of obedience to the pope. Never before there were women among the chosen people.
    But it was absurd…women having their feet washed, while the choir sang Domine, tu mihi lavas pedes by the late cardinal Bartolucci. He would not be happy, I think… Otherwise a very reverent NO with a good sermon from our auxiliary bishop.

  68. Augustine Thompson O.P. says:

    Voted twice a comment. I celebrated the Mass de Coena Domini according to the Dominican Rite at the Carmel of the Holy Family in Kensington (North Berkeley) CA. There was no Pedilavium as Rev. Mother washes the nuns feet at another time.

    At St. Albert the Great Priory in Oakland CA, where I concelebrated as a member of our community, 12 friars feet were washed by the former prior during the ceremony. Our current prior had to be away.

    Now off to celebrate the Liturgy of the Passion in the Dominican Rite for the Carmelite nuns. Our Passion Liturgy at St. Albert’s will be at 7:30 this evening. A second time around for me . . .

  69. M. K. says:

    OF with mandatum (twelve men of various ages, from late teens to seventies; no women). The homily refreshingly focused on the institution of the Eucharist and the priesthood, and made only passing reference to the mandatum.

  70. Uxixu says:

    FSSP Los Angeles it was 12 servers (male, of course) in cassock and surplice, who had their feet washed. Also added an additional touch of giving a small bag of coins to each after their foot was washed. Just outside of the sanctuary altar rail. Everythin else aside, is a bit… uncouth to have bare feet in the sanctuary.

  71. Petronius says:

    For the first time, the Cathedral of St. Mary’s (Fargo, ND) mandatum rite included women. Being a fairly conservative parish, this latest liturgical novelty has caused much upset and disappointment among it’s more liturgically astute members. Will there be any type of resistance to the liturgical and doctrinal confusion coming from Rome, by our local hierarchy? Many of us doubt it and Thursday’s experience reinforced that doubt!

  72. +JMJ+ says:

    Everyone in our Parish is invited forward to have their feet washed…and to wash the feet of others.

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