Sectors with key election roles will be focus at ‘washing of feet’

MANILA Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula is set to wash the feet of 12 election stakeholders during the Evening Mass on Thursday at the Manila Cathedral.

In a statement issued on Wednesday the Archdiocese of Manila said the persons whose feet will be washed by the Cardinal this year are from sectors which will “fulfill important roles during the coming elections.”

The religious tradition, which is usually done by bishops and priests during Maundy Thursday, commemorates how Christ washed the feet of his disciples and demonstrated his humility.

It is part of the Liturgy of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

A specific theme is usually selected by a diocese or a parish in deciding those whose feet will be washed for the event.

In 2021, former Administrator of Manila Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo washed the feet of “New Missionaries” for the celebration of the Year Missio ad gentes.

This year,  Advincula will be washing the feet of three first-time voters, namely, Therese Paman, Kenny Roger, and Miguel Francisco Zabala.

Also to participate in the event are Members of the Electoral Board (Angelique Lazo-Mabasa and. Dante Parungao); Officials of the Commission on Elections (J. Thaddeus Hernan, Joevy Domondom, Rose Ann Alejandro); Members of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting: (Arwin Serrano, Alfie Diaz, and Ric Galang); and Member of the Press (Tina Panganiban-Perez).

On Thursday morning, Advincula will preside over the Chrism Mass at the Manila Cathedral.

Selected participants from each parish will be ask to participate in the Chrism Mass.