Bear's Parish Foot Washing: Three Lines, No Waiting

Baptist, er, Catholic, um, maybe Church of God?

The priest, the president of the parish council and the pastoral assistant each had their own foot washing station, and whoever wanted to get their feet washed came up to one of the washers.

Can lay persons wash feet this way?

Not that it matters, of course. In fact, it is an absurd question to ask about a bit of mummery that no longer has any meaning.

The Bear bit the faces off of all three.

Not really. That's why he doesn't ever go to Holy Thursday services.

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  1. In contrast with three priests washing the right foot of 12 men, one at a time. Deo Gratias for the FSSP!

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  2. We had six "stations" with lines. It was a big crowd now that confirmandi must attend Triduum. Interestingly, our neighbor, and 8th grader at diocesan school said he did not have to go, but I saw several PSR 8th graders last night. [And several of us w/7th graders were in attendance. We have to cover entire triduum over 7-8th grade years from what I understand--plus boatloads of service hours...ughh.]

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  3. P.S. Our family did NOT participate in footwashing. Maybe half the crowd did, and it was not a small crowd.

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    1. Are people insane. Really, half the crowd? Why on earth would people be clamoring to have their feet/foot washed? I think our world has gone insane. Why go all the way to church to take your shoes off and have the pastor wash your foot. Go home and wash it! This has become silly season, and has detracted from the attention we should be giving to Christ. Theater of the Ridiculous.

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    2. Kathleen, it's because the sheep will go along with whatever the folks running the parish will ask. They don't want to feel left out. They desire to see "a big turnout." They think they're supposed to. They enjoy the novelty. They want to "be like Pope Francis" (Bear knows that doesn't make sense).

      These people don't read good blogs. They don't understand that this use to mean something and now means nothing. Waving your hands and muttering "humility" does not magically create a new ritual. It just drags the corpse of a real ritual around the front of the church in an an act of typical Argentinian necrophilia.

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    3. I can't fathom why the people who grew up before V2 and novus ordo don't object. But like my mom, they were bitter when told that what they had been doing (latin mass) was wrong. So, now they do what they're told, I guess. A shame.

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    4. My husband has always said that people flock to church on Ash Wednesday and Palm Sunday because they're giving away something for free. It appears that foot-washing has gone the same way in many parishes, God help us.

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  4. At the Anglican Ordinariate's Divine Worship, we went straight from the homily to the Eucharistic Prayer.

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    1. (Exceptionally glad I pried that nail out of my foot.)

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    2. Me too. Though the wound is healing rather slowly.

      Seattle kim

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    3. All that means is that you didn't hammer it in properly in the first place.

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    4. Or that it was hammered into balsa wood.

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  5. Does anyone want to hazard a guess what these mass, random foot washings by non-priests mean?

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    1. Our priest claims it's about humbling ourselves and serving one another.

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    2. Imo it is -- like EHMs -- another "let's pretend" exercise aimed at conveying the message that the ordained priesthood isn't anything special.

      Do I think that everyone who participates in it understands that they are being used in this way? Of course not. The people who were behind this stuff in the first place knew that they could easily manipulate Catholics whose education in the Faith was all but non-existent and who were being fed a steady diet of It's-All-About-Me.

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    3. Btw, I typed EHM -- my mother's initials -- instead of EMHC, which is what I meant to type. I wonder if that might be sort of like my mom telling me that I've been spending too much time online :-D

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    4. Jane you are right. It is another degradation of the priesthood and an act of "inclusiveness" of EVERY ONE and most importantly overcoming the evil "sexism" of the priesthood.

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    5. Bingo, Jane. God save us, it's like an activity in kindergarten. Give the kiddies something to do, lest they actually have a moment of recollection. The Bear has found church to be the WORST place to pray, with old people talking loudly with each other.

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    6. It's the idea that change must always be better, and new must always be better. We had a change of charter in Los Angeles in 2000, and people who never read a single sentence of either the old or the new charter were talking about how much "better" things would be. (They're not. Not at all)

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  6. I went to an EF Holy Thursday Mass followed by Procession with Our Lord carried by the priest to the Altar of Repose, and then stripping of the altar while the choir sang the reproaches. There was a homily and no foot washing. The priest explained that the homily that night must be on the Mass, the Eucharist, and the priesthood. I thought a bit about the foot washing business and the words of Christ in the Gospel and it seemed more about the initiation into the priesthood. Christ said to Peter who tried to refuse- if you don't let me do this you'll have no part in Me. He also said something about them not understanding it now, but they would later. It made me think it was more than just doing for others...
    Everything now is about doing for the poor. Very tiresome and insulting. The church always did for the poor. Of course everyone can always do better.
    Speaking for myself anyway...

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    1. Me too--I went to a pre-1955 Maundy Thursday Mass complete with the sad stripping of the altar. The priest proceeded to the altar of reposes with an ornate mini canopy held over him. I felt a unity with all the saints of a long time ago.

      Seattle kim

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    2. Christine.. Had the exact same experience...my Church was in North Carolina...great sermon.

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  7. Christine, I hear you. I'm actually tired of hearing about mercy, and when it's not combined with repentance, it's annoying. And I also agree, it's overdone with the poor. "the poor you shall always have with you". I'm not feeling terribly patient with all this nonsense today.
    Apparently Fr. Hunwicke had some relevant commentary about this, and his take was partially that when Jesus did this it was in private, not publicly, and restricted to the people he knew, that the most "humility" in this circumstance would be when footwashing is done to one's inferiors, or someone who had been wronged, but out of that context it's fairly meaningless. I agree. Think about it, what humility is required to wash the foot of someone who you don't have to work with, know, someone you never met, have no vested interest in, no relationship to speak of.
    And as I said, this now has all served to detract from the Triduum. I would say it's criminal but it's more diabolical.
    As a woodland creature I'm just a squirrel, but allow me one growl. grr.

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  8. I have some further thoughts at my blog on liturgical abuses and "innovations." Our parish is especially wont to engage in such abuses on holy days and Christmas and Easter in particular.

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    1. So this is all about humbling ourselves? Well then, as a nurse, I am superiorly humble. I've washed every body part of some of the dirtiest people. I've even cleaned out maggot infested wounds. Quick, someone canonize me.

      Seattle Kim

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    2. I consider myself a pope b/c I say I am.

      Therefore, I pronounce you "Saint Seattle Kim"

      It is done!

      Happy Easter!

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    3. I accept your canonization, Pope Pete. Thank you and Happy Easter.

      Saint Seattle Kim

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    4. Technically, under Bear law, the Bear is the Pope. (Pope Corbinian, of course.) Awhile back the Bear called the Pope out on winking at contraception, and he neither denied it, nor answered the challenge to ritual Bear combat. That means the Bear takes over his position in the hierarchy, i.e. Pope. It's just that humans do not take Bear law seriously unless they are in the same room with a real Bear.

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    5. Who are you to judge or to contradict what I feel to be true. St. Seattle Kim is a saint; I am pope. That's the deal. And women are Catholic priests b/c they say they are.

      ;^D

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  9. I don't go either. Holy Thursday has been turned into an embarrassing show that has nothing to do with its original meaning or even simply its place in the liturgical context.

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    1. Me neither. I would have to have a 4-day dose of Seroquel and a handful of benzos to get through that.

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    2. Then thank the Lord your kids are adults, already confirmed. (Bp says they gotta go.)

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  10. I decided to attend my local parish(very close to my house) for both Holy Thursday and Good Friday. (for curiosity's sake since this Parish has noticeable liturgical abuses happen on semi-regular basis.)

    There was no liturgical abuse for Holy Thursday(mainly men but a few women) for the foot washing which were done by the priests of the parish in which there were 4.
    But Good Friday today did have a major liturgical abuse where Christ's parts for the reading of the Passion according to Saint John was NOT said by the priest, who was silent outside of the "The Gospel according to..." and "The Gospel of the Lord..." but to a layman singer who was given it for what I can discern was for 'artistic reasons' due to the choir doing a musical version of the Passion.
    *On the plus side, the Eucharist was valid, the chanting by the priests on both Thursday and Friday was good and the actual practice of the Mass and Procession on Holy Thursday was reverent.

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  11. Our dear Pope is determined to make everything political. We should follow the Bear and resist.

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    1. The Bear's standard is raised! It flutters in the breeze, a black bear upon a green field. Whose blood is red, who loves the Church, who is unafraid, let such brave and faithful men and women rally to Captain Bear! Who is with the Bear?

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  12. What's next for FrancisMercyChurch? Snake handling?

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    1. The Bear can think of a few people he would to see handling a timber rattlesnake.

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  13. This isn't the Catholic Church. Indeed, is there a Catholic Church any longer?

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    1. Of course it's the Catholic Church. It's just being held hostage by wicked men, even as Jesus was captured and disfigured. We recognize the Church, although it is hard.

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