Today, I will discuss Maundy Thursday in the Catholic church and then how it went down in my church. Embarrassing story coming!
I shared with you some interesting tidbits about St. Luke the Evangelist yesterday. I really do try to incorporate his evangelization approach here with you.
Let’s DO this…
What is it?
Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday takes place during Holy Week in Lent (smack before Easter). This is where we celebrate the Last Supper (and also the institution of the priesthood). In John 31:1-17 we read about Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. This washing of the feet reminds us of baptism. The church is also stripped and washed. For more information and symbolism associated with this special day, please visit the special section devoted to it on Catholic Online.
Why did I choose to share this particular “M” with you?
As I was coming into the faith in 2012, I was still very much in the learn-as-you go stage. I think I will always be there, it’s called continual conversion. I have come to accept that I will never be an expert in all things Catholic. Actually, I love that.
There I was, Holy Week 2012. I cantored (lead the music of the mass through singing). I heard that people were going up to have their feet washed by the priest. I got very nervous. I wasn’t ready for my feet to see daylight – no pedicure in months – I was sock-less, in ballet flats and my toes were clammy! (Sorry). I was freaking out as I saw people walk up to have their feet washed. The church was filled to the rafters. I soon figured that this also meant there was time to air out my feet! I stood behind the podium in the choir area, took off my shoes and tried to move them back and forth, slowly, to get some air on those puppies without inciting attention while simultaneously paying attention to the music I was singing. Well, as it happened, people are asked ahead of time and since I wasn’t asked I got no suds on the toes. Can you imagine?
And that’s my Maundy Thursday story!
If you have a few more moments, read an account of Pope Francis, in the first year of his Pontificate as he, washed the feet of “12 young people of different nationalities and faiths, including at least two Muslims and two women”.
Come back tomorrow for to read all about my Catholic take on the letter N. I am blogging my way through the alphabet with others who are doing the same.
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