Washing of the Feet on Holy Thursday


there has been no change in the universal norm which reserves this rite to men as stated in the circular letter “Paschales Solemnitatis” (Jan. 16, 1988) and the rubrics of the 2002 Latin Roman Missal.

No. 51 of the circular letter states: “The washing of the feet of chosen men which, according to tradition, is performed on this day, represents the service and charity of Christ, who came ‘not to be served, but to serve.’ This tradition should be maintained, and its proper significance explained.”

At your parish were only men chosen for the foot washing ritual?

Yes, only men had their feet washed at my parish today. :thumbsup: We have great priests there who love to uphold traditions.:slight_smile:


So what IS the ‘proper significance’ of having only the feet of men washed? Surely Christ came to serve women too, did he not?

Well, I didn’t go to Mass today to see what happened. I’ve been at work since yesterday, and won’t go home until tomorrow.

The plan was to try and find 12 men, (they didn’t start looking until Sunday), and to fill any empty spots with women. Maybe it’s just as well I wasn’t able to go. It woulda been hard to watch another litugical abuse.

Law of the Universal Church and also clarified officially by the Holy See.

The ritual represents the Lord’s institution of the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Holy Orders.

Nope, the Bishop washed the feet of several women as well as men. The choir sang beautifully in Latin during Communion and the procession to the Altar of Repose, and the homily was denouncing secularism and abortion, but I guess there had to be a catch :frowning:

Divine Mercy Novena starts today Good Friday.

All men.

Mass was celebrated by the pastor with the parochial vicar. The deacon assisted and there were 9 altar boys, 1 MC and 1 Thurifer. Pange Lingua, Ubi Caritas, Tantum Ergo were all present (they sound like superheroes). The Mass was mostly sung. It was a NO Mass using the Roman Canon. It lasted 1 hour and 45 minutes. It was absolutely beautiful.

At your parish were only men chosen for the foot washing ritual?

Yep at my Church. Too bad I didn’t get to go to mine. :frowning: We had the washing anyone who wanted to have their feet washed. Didn’t know there were 200 apostles.:confused:

At my local indult chapel the celebrant washed the feet of 12 altar servers, some of them quite young. It lent an extra measure of humility to the observance.


the significance is the context.
The context is the Last Supper at which only the apostles, the first priests and bishops, were present with Christ. The context is the night when Christ instituted the priesthood, and the washing of their feet was a specific action, which he told Peter would be understood only much later, by which he reminded these new priests and bishops that their proper role in the Church is to serve, not to be served. In reading the entire Last Supper discourse in John’s gospel, where this act is recorded (the proper meditation for Holy Saturday) the context and meaning will become much clearer, as will the reason the ritual should be limited to men, as is the priesthood itself.

At my parish they washed the feet of those who would enter the Church during the Easter vigil - men and women. We didn’t have 12, so they then asked for a few others who would like to have their feet washed to come up so all the chairs would be filled.

Our Parish offered foot washing to anyone who desired it. They did state that it represented the institution of the priesthood; that we were doing as Jesus asked us to do.
We did not have anything sung in Latin. :frowning:

We had all men – for the first time ever since I have belonged to this parish. Usually, someone is trying to be innovative and we have had people from the Confirmation class, first communicants, youth group members, mix of men and women, boys and girls etc, etc. But this year 12 adult men. :thumbsup:

I felt like Easter came early.

Yes we had all men, :smiley: hehehe, but wait that’s not all…all the readings were sung, many hymns and almost all response were in Latin, Incense everywhere, a beautiful choir, all the priest and deacons were there, an excellent homily and we even had the Canopy when the Eucharist left in the procession out of the church(forgot the proper name) and its been that way for the 4yrs I have lived here. The Good News for the Church is this is going to be the New Bishop of Lake Charles, LA. Bad news for me I have to go back to Liturgical Nightmares I grew up with :crying:


One of our auxilliary bishops Celebrated Mass at our parish. He washed the feet of our senior priest in residence, one of our deacons and several men from the parish.

a Baldachin

Our Holy Thursday mass was a feminist free-for-all. All of the people chosen for foot-washing were female except for one adult male and one pre-teen male. In fact, women dominated most of the mass. At least the altar-boys were just that - altar boys. Women gave out communion, along with the priest. Women came up during mass to prepare the altar (isn’t that supposed to be done prior to mass?),with plenty of ceremony. :frowning: Of course, the men are to blame too, since they apparently are happy to just stick to being ushers. Where are the male leaders in our parish?

We had women … should we say something to the priest for next year ?

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