Cardinal Tagle to wash feet of drug surrenders, police

Cardinal Tagle to wash feet of drug surrenders, police
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle kisses the foot of a person with disability during the traditional “Washing of the Feet” at the Manila Cathedral on Holy Thursday, March 24, 2016. FILE PHOTO

MANILA— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle will wash the feet of drug surrenders and policemen during a Holy Week ritual, in what could be a gesture to peace amidst the rising drug-related killings in the country.

The cardinal will perform the traditional Holy Thursday foot-washing ceremony at the Manila Cathedral, commencing the most solemn period of the Catholic Church’s Paschal Triduum.

Fr. Roy Bellen of the Manila archdiocese’s Office of Communications said the 12 people selected for the ritual also include former drug addicts and relatives of victims of summary executions.

In previous years, Tagle has observed Maundy Thursday by washing the feet of the elderly, women, and people with disabilities.

Catholics will once again reflect on the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as Christians observe the Holy Week.

In Manila, the cardinal will lead a full slate of Holy Week and Easter liturgies at the Manila Cathedral which begins on Palm Sunday, April 9, wherein he will bless the palms at 7 a.m. and preside the Mass.

Holy Thursday, April 13, starts with the Mass of the Chrism at 7am. All priests of the archdiocese attend this Mass which celebrates the institution of the priesthood.

Parishioners from all over the archdiocese also attend this Mass where the holy oils used for the Sacraments of Baptism, Holy Orders and the anointing of the sick are blessed.

At 5 p.m. on Holy Thursday, the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated where the institution of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is recalled. A part of this Liturgy includes the “Washing of the Feet.”

On Good Friday, the Stations of the Cross will be held at 8:30am, while the reflections on the Seven Last Words will be held at 12 noon.

At 3pm, Cardinal Tagle will lead the Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion which will start at 3pm and the Veneration of the Cross.

The Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 15, will start at 8pm. CBCPNews