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Pope Francis washes feet of 12 differently-abled persons to observe Holy Thursday
Dr. Lalit Kishore | 18 Apr 2014

A day ahead Good Friday, during his homily for Holy Thursday’s Mass at a center for disabled persons, Pope Francis reminded the audience about the act of loving service of Jesus by washing the feet of his disciples. Then he turned to the Gospel reading in which Jesus washes his disciples’ feet on his knees and urged the followers to serve one another, reported National Catholic Register.

The Pope celebrated Holy Thursday Mass at a center for disabled persons, washing the feet of some of its residents. Saying that “we should be servants to one another,” the Holy Father declared “Now, I will do this same gesture, but all of us in our hearts think of others.” The Holy Father then washed the feet of 12 differently-baled persons to mark the event.

Holy Thursday is the Christian feast on the Thursday before Easter to commemorate the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. The "Washing of the Feet" is a traditional component of the celebration in many Christian churches.

In India, the custom is to visit fourteen churches, one per Station of the Cross often on Maundy Thursday evening. In Kerala, where Saint Thomas Christians are in high population, this day is observed with great reverence. This day is called Pesaha in Kerala and it commemorate the last supper of Jesus Christ during Passover in Jerusalem.

Today, on Good Friday, Pope Francis will be presiding over the service commemorating the Lord’s Passion in St. Peter’s Basilica at 5pm local time. Thereafter, the Pope will lead the faithful in the Stations of the Cross. The observance will conclude with prayer commemorating the last events of Jesus' life before he died on the cross, at the Colosseum at 9:15 pm local time, reported National Catholic Register.