Tim Staples & Mr. Cotton today on Catholic answers as well as Jimmy Akin continue to make misleading statements about the Washing of the feet on Holy Thursday.
They all have made the statement that Pius XII introduced the foot washing ceremony is 1955.
Sorry, but the ceremony has been part of the Holy Thursday Services for hundreds of years.
In the 1940s I assisted at that ceremony every year that I was an Altar Boy.
In those days, the services consisted of the following in this order:
- The Holy Thursday Mass
- The procession taking the Chalice containing the consecrated Hosts to the Altar of repose
- Stripping of the Altar
- Washing of the feet.
The Washing of the feet was not mandatory but was performed in every church I had personal knowledge of, including those years when I was in the seminary prior to 1955.
Pius XII made it an integral part of the Mass in 1955. But he did not introduce it.
Where the idea comes from that he INTRODUCED the ceremony is beyond my comprehension.