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Holy Thursday at St. Matthew

Holy Thursday: Passover and Washing of the Feet Commemoration Along with Washing of the Feet for SMYLE JR. Ministry

St. Matthew Catholic Church, Ceres-Ca

Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” John 13:8

Photos and Summary by: St. Matthew Catholic Church Media Team

On Thursday, April 17, 2014, the faithful of St. Matthew Parish gathered to commemorate the Holy Thursday. Blessed once again by our beloved Fr. Peter Georgis, whose reflection on the Gospel reading of The Holy Thursday was both powerful and passionate. His words pierced the hearts and minds of many of us, as he took us through the events of The Last Supper, and as the drama was unfolded, we were given a glimpse of the life of our Lord, Who Himself Is The Master of the servants.

During his heartfelt sermon, he drew us closer into the life of a Priest, and his emphasis on the vocation of the priesthood which in itself was initiated on The Holy Thursday. Expanding on the true sense of priesthood, Fr. Peter commented on the suffering which priests undergo, carrying their many Crosses as they live their vocation faithfully and charitably. Fr. Peter explained that in the life of a Priest there are many joys and many sufferings; they all are Crosses carried by the priests with joy and humility; a Grace given to them by our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the supreme example of a Priest.

Following the Washing of the Feet ceremony the celebration of the Holy Mass continued led by Fr. Peter. The Holy Thursday commemoration was concluded by taking the Holy Eucharist out of the Altar and to a safe place at the Parish in preparation for Passion Friday, the very next day.

Following are few pictures of this celebration. You may see Full Gallery on our Parish Website at: http://stmatthewca.org/photogallery05.html

 


 

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, SMYLE Administrators hosted a special gathering for our Jr. Members, celebrating the Washing of The Feet a day early. Blessed by our beloved Fr. Peter Georgis, who so graciously joined us, and with most meekness of heart, he kneeled and washed their feet. He did so to share with them our Lord’s massage He gave His Disciples, a message, so loud and clear, and an example of true love and humility- to make others’ needs our priority.

The washing of the feet brought to the littlest among us the most ardent desire to experience humility, and to feel, though for an instant, what it could have meant to be a disciple. And by the Power of The Holy Spirit, experiencing it, might aid them in seeking to live all their years to come, learning how to be a Disciple of The Lord themselves.

In Christ and Mary

Following are few pictures of this celebration. You may see Full Gallery on our Parish Website at: http://stmatthewca.org/photogallery05.html