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Manila Cardinal to wash feet of election officials on Maundy Thursday

Jose F. Cardinal Advincula (Photo by Archdiocese of Manila)

Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula will wash the feet of 12 persons who will be part of the May 9 national and local elections this year. 

The Washing of the feet is part of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 14, 2022, at the Manila Cathedral.

The persons (seven men and five women) whose feet will be washed by the Cardinal this year are from various sectors in society who will fulfill important roles during the coming elections, a press note from Manila Archdiocese said.

Cardinal will wash the feet of three first-time voters, a member of the Electoral Board, officials of the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), members of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), a church-based poll watch body, and a member of the press.

Last year, former Administrator of Manila Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo washed the feet of four “New Missionaries” whose background is relevant to the celebration of the centenary of the arrival of Christian in the Philippines which also coincided with the celebration of the Year of ‘Missio ad gentes’  (mission toward all the people).

Last March 27, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released a Pastoral Statement calling the faithful to vote for the candidates that will uplift the lives of the Filipinos.

Responding to that call, a Solidarity Mass for Moral Vote was held last April 6, 2022, at the Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Baclaran Church) that hopes for a clean and honest election this coming May 9, 2022. 

Cardinal Advincula presided over the Mass while Kalookan Bishop and CBCP President Pablo Virgilio David preached the homily. 

The Washing of the Feet is part of the Liturgy of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. It is the commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus before his passion. During that time, he also washed the feet of his disciples. This important tradition of the Catholic Church reminds Catholics who are called to serve others in humility. - With inputs from the Archdiocese of Manila


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