Apr 17, 2014 10:40 PM by Dave Fields
The Holy Thursday ritual of "Washing the Feet" was continued today at Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette, as well as numerous other Catholic churches around Acadiana.
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the practice of "Washing the Feet" had fallen by the wayside for the most part during traditional parish celebrations, but the tradition "was restored in 1955 by Pope Pius XII as a part of the general reform of Holy Week."
The USCCB site explains that "the Lord Jesus washed the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper as a sign of the new commandment that Christians should love one another. " The bishops explain that "for centuries the Church has imitated the Lord through the ritual enactment of the new commandment of Jesus Christ in the washing of feet on Holy Thursday.