Christians in the district observed Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter) with traditional church services to commemorate the institution of the Holy Eucharist by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper while celebrating the Passover festival with his 12 disciples.
One of the important rituals of the Maundy Thursday observation is the washing of the feet. According to the belief by the faithful, at the Last Supper Jesus had washed and kissed the feet of his disciples. This act of humility was re-enacted by churches with the chief celebrant of the Maundy Thursday mass washing and kissing the feet of 12 lay persons.
A day of devotion
A large number of devotees thronged the major churches in the district on Thursday. At the Christ the King Cathedral, Archbishop Mathew Moolakkattu of the Kottayam Archeparchy led the service. Changanassery
Archbishop Mar Joseph Perunthottam performed the rituals at the St. Mary’s Metropolitan Church .
The ceremonies at Mar Elia Cathedral was led by Malankara Metropolitan Baselios Mar Thoma Paulose II, head of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church.
Many participated in special rituals like ‘Neenthu Nercha’ conducted by St. Mary’s Forane Church at Kudamaloor as part of Maundy Thursday.
Many Christians observe the day by having unleavened bread for meal. Maundy Thursday is followed by Good Friday observance to commemorate the passion of Christ.