I have never liked the foot washing ritual. I found it to be distracting and boring.
Me too - seriously. Hated it.
BTW - remember when we were really little and the visitation to all the churches was a huge part of devotion to the Blessed Sacrament on Holy Thursday - during the day? You went from church to church to visit the altar of repose. The devotion was palpable. Now days it is theatrical and political. Something was lost.
My Filipina friend does that on Good Friday. She goes to about 12 different churches.
Actually, Terry - we never did anything like that. I don't even remember foot washing when I was a kid. And the thought of women getting their feet washed? Creepy...
My memory may be jumbled up. LOL!
Abp. Hebda washed the feet of 4 men and 4 women. I was tipped off by the language in the liturgy guide; he was to wash the feet of the faithful.
We had the foot washing ritual last night. I belong to a parish made up mostly of old Germans and Poles. I noted that most of the folks chosen to participate looked like they were marching to their doom. Maybe they offered it up.
We had 6 people - 3 female, 3 male. I sat where I couldn't see it very well.
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