Washing of Feet: Gesture of Love and humility


Fr. Mario washing the feet of Rodwalla

The Andiamo catholic christians gathered at Nankhombe [Volunteer] House for the mass on the Maundy Thursday. During the ‘Holy Mass’, Fr. Mario Pacifici washed the feet of a dozen of the Christians [Rodwalla, Franco, Kamtema, Yolanda Konde, some AEPER volunteers and others]as a Holy ritual meant to replicate the Bible’s account of Jesus Christ’s gesture of humility towards his 12 apostles on the night before he was crucified last supper.


Fr. Mario washes Franco’s feet

“Christ today sends us to serve and show love to others” says Fr. Mario in his homily.

To cement the lesson of humility and love Jesus showed that night before his last supper, Fr. Mario cited the example the Pope Francis has set by washing and kissing the feet of 12 inmates that includes two girls, of which, one is a Serbian Muslim.

Pope Francis washes the feet of a young offender during a mass at the church of the Casal del Marmo youth prison: adapted from http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/28/17502522-pope-washes-feet-of-young-detainees-in-holy-thursday-ritual?lite

The mass was also meant to thank God for the promising health of Rodwalla and pray to commend the soul of Fr. Giussepe Cortinovis, who died administering a sacrament of reconciliation, to eternal rest.

By Harry Pongolani (Photos by H.P)

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