Monday, 15 April 2019 10:31

Cardinal Tagle to wash feet of the young this Holy Thursday

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will wash the feet of young people on April 18, 2019, Holy Thursday.

In a press conference held at the Manila Cathedral Hall on April 15, Rev. Fr. Kali Llamado, vice rector, Manila Cathedral announced that Cardinal Tagle will wash the feet of 12 young people with different backgrounds and experiences.

The 12 young people were chosen in line with the Year of the Youth celebrated by the Church in the Philippines this 2019 and in view of the coming midterm election on May 13, 2019, said Rev. Fr. Reginal Malicdem, rector, Manila Cathedral.

(File Photo: RCAM-AOC) 

Among those whose feet will be washed by the Cardinal is Nicole Anne Perez, 23 years old and works as a call center agent. She was appointed by Pope Francis as a participant to the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People.

Cardinal Tagle will also wash the feet of Carlito Sapunto who suffers from cerebral palsy. But despite this illness, he is a church volunteer at the St. Dominic Savio Parish, Mandaluyong Manila. He is also an awarded player of the sport boccia, a ball sport played by people with disability bound by a wheelchair. 

Also on the list is a missionary nun from Bangladesh named Sr. Antonisa, MC, 26. She is from the Missionaries of Charity and has been in the Philippines for the past 5 years taking care of poor and abandoned children in the Alay ng Puso House in Del Pan, Binondo, Manila.

Joel Obreo, 23, a missionary from India is also on the list. He has been in Manila for 10 months now as a missionary under the Ligaya ng Panginoon Community and Christ Youth in Action. 

Also included on the list are the following: Rafael Villegas, Luna Mirafuentes, Jeffrey Ranola, Janrey Nevado, Jenezis Kaliwag, newly married couple Ferdinand John Azogue and Daisy Jane Azogue, and Jinky Pelopero.

The Washing of the Feet is part of the Liturgy of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper to be held at the Manila Cathedral at 5 pm. It was at the Last Supper that Jesus washed the feet of his apostles. It reminds the faithful that as disciples of Christ we are called to serve others in a spirit of humility.

Cardinal Tagle will also preside at the following Mass at the Manila Cathedral during the Holy Week: Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, April 18, 7 am and Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 5 pm; Good Friday, April 19, 3 pm; and Easter Vigil on Black Saturday, April 20, 8 pm. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)




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