Thousands of Christians took part in Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter) ceremonies in various churches in the district to commemorate the institution of Eucharist by Jesus Christ.
It was at the Last Supper with his disciples that Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist. During the supper, Jesus washed and kissed the feet of his disciples as an act of love and humility. Catholic churches commemorate this act with bishops and priests washing and kissing the feet of the faithful.
At Thrissur Lourde’s Metropolitan Church, Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath led the ceremonies and washed and kissed the feet of 12 chosen priests. The ceremony was followed by a Holy Mass, a procession and homily.
Maundy Thursday night also marks Jesus’ betrayal by Judas in the garden of Gethsemane.
A music and dance programme was held in the evening at the Basilica of Our Lady of Dolours.
Maundy Thursday is followed by Good Friday, which commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus, and Easter, the day that Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead.
The Way of the Cross, which commemorates the Passion of Christ, is one of the most important rituals performed on Good Friday at Catholic churches.
At another function, Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath washed the feet of 12 inmates of Mar Kundukulam Memorial Complex for HIV infected persons, Peringandoor.
At the Maundy Thursday function at Kristhuraja Church, Kannamkulangara, Vicar General George Edakalathur washed the feet of autistic children.