Washing of the Feet: A requirement?


#1

Is the Washing of the Feet a requirement as a part of the Mass of the Lord Jesus’s Last Supper on Holy Thursday?


#2

No, it’s optional.


#3

???


#4

:confused:


#5

I have noticed that there have been a few questions on here about Holy Week lately. Lent may begin tomorrow, but Holy Week isn’t for another month. :shrug:

Anyway, no, you do not have to participate in the washing of the feet. You do not even have to attend the Mass, as it is not a holy day of obligation. I can understand that some people may be uncomfortable with someone else touching their feet, so I do not think anyone would judge you.

Which reminds me: I wonder what the Holy Father will do for Maundy Thursday this year? I wonder if he will wash the feet of the poor of Rome, or if he will wash the feet of a parish priest, or many other possibilities? I cannot wait to find out.


#6

No.

From the Roman Missal for Holy Thursday.

#10. After the Homily, where pastoral reason suggests it, the Washing of Feet follows.

The words “where pastoral reason suggests it” is another way of saying that it’s optional.


#7

Even in parishes where it is done, it is not done for EVERYBODY…

ICXC NIKA


#8

Remember last year he washed the feet of the imprisoned including a Muslim female. I expect he will again act in such a grace filled way!


#9

FrDavid96, Thank you for the statement from the Roman Missal for Holy Thursday.
:):yup::slight_smile:


closed #10

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