A Medieval devotion alive and well for a handful of modern Romans

In the hours after evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, a few pilgrims in Rome make their way to the Church of Saint Praxedes, home to a fragment of stone alleged to be the pillar upon which Jesus was scourged. Known as the Column of the Flagellation, the stone offers an object… Continue reading A Medieval devotion alive and well for a handful of modern Romans

Good Friday and the Sufferings of Mary

The Mother standing at the foot of the Cross seems absurd and incomprehensible.  How could the Father permit such suffering?Stabat mater dolorosa juxta Crucem lacrimosa dum pendebat Filius.”  “At the Cross her station keeping, stood the mournful Mother weeping, close to her Son to the last.” “Stabat mater dolorosa juxta Crucem lacrimosa dum pendebat Filius.” … Continue reading Good Friday and the Sufferings of Mary

Pope washes the feet of 12 prisoners at Holy Thursday Mass

‘This isn’t a folkloric ceremony,’ Francis tells inmates Pope Francis has washed the feet of 12 inmates, including three women and a man who is converting from Islam to Catholicism. Although in Jesus’s time, washing the feet of one’s guests was performed by slaves, Jesus “reverses” this role, the Pope said during the Holy Thursday… Continue reading Pope washes the feet of 12 prisoners at Holy Thursday Mass

Palms, Passion and Progress: Holy Week is a Continuing Call to a New Life in Christ

Holy Week invites us to let go of self and embrace the Lord anew through continuing conversion. How desperately we all need to hear the Good news that we can begin again! The question is not whether we will mark time but how we will do so? For the Christian time is not meant to be a… Continue reading Palms, Passion and Progress: Holy Week is a Continuing Call to a New Life in Christ

Pope washes feet of several refugees including Muslims, Hindus and Copts

On Thursday, Pope Francis visited a refugee center to wash and kiss the feet of several refugees; including Muslims, Hindus and Copts — a gesture of solidarity and peace two days after the Brussels and Paris attacks stirred anti-Muslim attitudes. The Holy Thursday rite re-enacts the foot-washing ritual that dates back to the story of Jesus’… Continue reading Pope washes feet of several refugees including Muslims, Hindus and Copts

Archbishop Fisichella says Pope's humble gesture of washing the feet of refugees calls for respect for each of them

According to a Vatican report, Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at a Center for Asylum Seekers in Castelnuovo di Porto, some fifteen miles north of Rome, where he plans to wash the feet of twelve young refugees during the feet-washing ceremony. “By washing refugees’ feet, Francis demands respect for them all,” said Archbishop… Continue reading Archbishop Fisichella says Pope's humble gesture of washing the feet of refugees calls for respect for each of them

Cardinal Sarah advice that Priests must not wash a woman's feet on Holy Thursday

Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments (The Vatican liturgy chief) has aired to Reporters in Rome that Priest are not obliged to wash the feet of women during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. He made his point further clear by saying that a priest… Continue reading Cardinal Sarah advice that Priests must not wash a woman's feet on Holy Thursday

Vatican releases Pope's schedule for the Season of Lent and Easter

The Vatican has made public the liturgical schedule of Pope Francis’ Lenten celebrations for this year including the list of Easter activities. The Pope’s schedule includes a penitential celebration and a consistory for several causes of canonization. The schedule however does not include the venue for the Maundy Thursday celebration of Jesus’ Last Supper and… Continue reading Vatican releases Pope's schedule for the Season of Lent and Easter

Pope Francis changes the decree which includes 'women on Holy Thursday ritual to have their feet washed'

In many Catholic parishes on Holy Thursday, a foot washing ritual incorporated into Mass technically specifies that only men should take part because Jesus’ disciples on Holy Thursday were all male but the Argentinian Pontiff who is fond of choosing an unconventional way to perform a gesture of service, broke the tradition in 2013 when… Continue reading Pope Francis changes the decree which includes 'women on Holy Thursday ritual to have their feet washed'