YOUR TRIDUUM SERMON NOTES and a POLL about Holy Thursday Washing of Feet

Were there any really GOOD points you heard in sermons at any of the Rites for the Sacred Triduum?  Please share them with us.  Sometimes there are real gems and people don’t always have strong preaching when they are.

Meanwhile, a poll about NOVUS ORDO Holy Thursday and foot washing.

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  1. oldCatholigirl says:

    I attended a Mass done beautifully according to the 1962 Missal at St. Mary’s in Kalamazoo, which did include the foot washing done according to the rubrics during Mass. Fr. Haro gave a heart rending sermon on the sanctity of the priesthood and the sore need for priests. He is sure God is is calling priests; he almost begged us all to pray and sacrifice that young men will listen to His call. He is the current diocesan vocations director, and when candidates come to them he assures them that they mustn’t expect the priesthood to be easy–just worthwhile.

  2. JohnMa says:

    On Holy Thursday, Father preached about Little Li, who I was unfamiliar with. He talked about how if a little girl could be so committed to the Eucharist, so too could we. And he urged us to have a holy hour as often as possible.

  3. APX says:

    There were 6 people. Two men and four women. The new priest is pretty traditional, so I’m thinking this was more of a lack of volunteers? There’s way too many women volunteering in liturgical roles compared to men. As a woman, it makes me feel uncomfortable.

  4. rhig090v says:

    How sad that the foot washing occurs so infrequently. I’ll bet that if meaning we’re given back to it, namely that it be 12 men and happen outside of Mass (I don’t know when given Holy Thursday is now an evening Mass) it would be restored to its former glory

  5. TonyO says:

    On Holy Thursday, at a Novus Ordo Mass in Latin: Fr. talked about Christ’s taking off his outer garment, tying a towel around his waist, washing their feet, and then reclining at table with the Apostles, as a recapitulation of his entire earthly mission: He gave up claiming equality with God – “shedding” his divine appearance. He took on human flesh and nature – i.e. the towel tied to him. He came to wash sinners of their sins. And the reclining at table indicates the banquet feast of the Lamb in Heaven.

    When St. Peter said “you will never wash my feet”, Jesus says “then you can have no part of my inheritance”, Christ was calling on the typology of the Levirate priesthood: the tribe of Levi, unlike the other 11 tribes, received no part of the land as their “inheritance”, for they received the priesthood as their inheritance – being dependent on the other tribes to come to them with sacrifices. Christ was indicating that like Levi, His “inheritance” is the priesthood, which he is handing on to the apostles.

  6. TonyO says:

    In light of the poll, I have a question: When I was growing up, in the 60s, I don’t recall any parishes around me doing the ritual of the washing of the feet. In fact, I don’t recall seeing it done before I got out of college, in the early 1980s. Can I ask whether it was common before VII, and if not, did it become common all of a sudden at some point, or what?

    For my money it’s a pretty pointless exercise. I admit that might be my own lack of sanctity talking, but: you can pretty well guarantee that if someone is told before hand “you will be one of the 12 to have your feet washed”, you’re going to show up with clean feet anyway. I would be fine with a priest doing the same activity – washing feet – as an ACTUAL benefit, say at a homeless shelter for ailing patients who cannot easily wash their own feet… BUT ONLY if not done as a grandstand act, like certain public figures. As ritual, though, I find it more tedious than inspiring.

    To me it has much the same feel as the “charity fundraiser” that teens do, to raise money by getting donors to contribute X dollars per mile the teen walks: unless the walking itself benefits someone, I find the idea repulsive. I would gladly give money to a teen who is going to do something ITSELF USEFUL, say, pitch in time to build shelters, or paint an old person’s porch, etc. But just the walking itself (by the teen) doesn’t build shelters, or paint something that needs painting, it’s wasted energy and time, and I don’t contribute money for wasting time and energy.

    I am open to being shown wrong – I know I have gaps in my grasp of things. But it seems to me that the reason Christ’s act was important was that the Apostle’s feet really were dirty, he was in fact doing something useful, so “patterning off of Christ” should mean also doing something actually useful, shouldn’t it?

  7. CasaSanBruno says:

    Not this year, but still, quite unforgettable: I was in Vienna some years ago and the celebrant invited people to come up and he polished and brushed their shoes. At the time I was battling a herniated disc in my lower back, so laughing uproariously was kind of painful.

  8. eamonob says:

    Attended the traditional Mass and they did not do the foot washing. Father gave a great homily talking about Venerable Fulton Sheen’s reflection on the 7 last words of Christ as parts of the Mass. It was a beautiful sung Mass with the additional Confiteor before communion and again before the repose of the Blessed Sacrament.

  9. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Archbishop had awesome homilies on both Thursday and Friday. He probably also did on Saturday, but the late hour convinced me to stay home.

    Thursday at 1730 mentioned that St. Paul’s institution narrative is the oldest in existence. He expounded on the real presence, worthy reception of the Eucharist, and the necessity of frequent confession. the removal of the Blessed Sacrament to the altar of repose was conducted with great reverence. the congregation appeared to be predominantly under age 40. at least 150 of those present stayed long enough to qualify for the indulgence.

    Friday at 1500 had a higher proportion of older folks. Archbishop gave one of the most penetrating and specific homilies i have heard on how sin pervades our lives with specific details, including details many priests would be too cowardly to mention. he spared no one. he reminded that it is our sins that did this to the Lord and that the Lord willing took it upon Himself for our healing. the phrase “by His stripes we are healed” was repeated to great effect.

  10. Gaetano says:

    The Office of Readings for Holy Saturday contains a profound sermon by an unknown author.

    I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants, I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated.

    For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.

    Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.

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  12. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    Oops – did not read the question carefully enough… It was not N.O., so, of course, there was Foot-washing only including men (but I don’t suppose I skewed the results badly…)

  13. grateful says:

    Here is what Jesus says:
    “Ah, My child, I want all souls, and prostrate at their feet
    like a poor beggar, I ask for them, I importune them and,
    crying, I plot Love traps around them in order to obtain them!
    “Prostrate at their feet, with this bucket of water mixed
    with My tears, I want to wash them of any imperfection and
    prepare them to receive Me in the Sacrament.
    “I so much cherish this act of receiving Me in the
    Eucharist, that I do not want to entrust this office to the
    Angels, and not even to My Dear Mama, but I Myself want to
    purify them, down to the most intimate fibers, in order to
    dispose them to receive the fruit of the Sacrament; and in the
    apostles I intended to prepare all souls.
    from:Fourth Hour: From 8 to 9 PM
    The Eucharistic Supper
    from: The Twenty-Four Hours of the Passion
    of Our Lord Jesus Christ

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