Archbishop José H.rnGomez celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday, March 29 at thernCathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.
The Mass commemoratesrnJesus Christ’s Last Supper with his apostles the night before he was crucified.rnAt the Last Supper, Jesus instituted the Eucharist (the sacrament of Christ’srnBody and Blood), as well as the Priesthood.
During the Mass,rnArchbishop Gomez washed the feet of six women and six men including Cathedralrnvolunteers, parishioners, and youth following Pope Francis’ call to includernyoung people in the life of the Church. The washing of feet resembles Christ’srnexample of washing his apostles’ feet.
In the CatholicrnChurch, this Mass marks the end of the Lenten Season and the beginning of thernEaster Triduum (the three days prior to Easter Sunday: Holy Thursday, GoodrnFriday and Holy Saturday). Its traditional English name, “Maundy Thursday,”rncomes from a Latin phrase linked to the ceremony of foot washing (Mandatumrnnovum, “a new commandment”; see John 13:34). The new commandment states that wernare to love one another with an abundance of love, especially at this mostrnsacred time of the liturgical year when the Lord's passion, death, and resurrectionrnare remembered and celebrated in the powerful rites of the Triduum.
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