Friday, 10 April 2020 12:15

Frontliners honored in Holy Thursday Celebration


Frontliners who represent different sectors, which are at the forefront of the battle against corona virus, were honored during the Holy Thursday Celebration at the Manila Cathedral on April 9, 2020. Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila washed the feet of representatives from the Health care sector, law enforcement sector, Media sector and the auxiliary services sector.

Among those whose feet Bishop Pabillo washed were Roland Solis (Driver) and Sharon Joy Isla (media practitioner); Dr. Aileen Rotor (doctor); and Lt. Col. Rowena Acosta (police officer).

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila washes the feet of Lt. Col. Rowena Acosta during the washing of the feet at the Manila Cathedral on Holy Thursday, April 9, 2020.

The Washing of the Feet is part of the Liturgy of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. It is the commemoration of the Jesus's Last Supper where he also washed the feet of his apostles, reminding the faithful that as disciples of Christ we are called to serve others in the spirit of humility.

The Bishop recognized the sacrifices that the frontliners are making in the battle to fight the pandemic COVID-19 that has already taken many lives in the country and around the world.

In his homily, he also gave emphasis to the desire of the faithful to receive the body and blood of Christ. But because of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine, they are forced to stay in their homes and participate in the Holy Week liturgy of the Church via online streaming.

Like the Filipino frontliners who serve their fellow countrymen, according to Bishop Pabillo, the faithful can be in communion with the Lord through the services they offer to one another in their homes.

“My dear friends, we cannot be at the Lord’s table tonight because of the corona virus but we can still accept the Lord in our lives through that deep desire to receive him by our spiritual communion and surely we can live the Eucharist in our lives by serving one another, washing each other’s home, each other’s feet in our homes,” Bishop Pabillo said.

In 2019, former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle washed the feet of 12 young people in light of the celebration of the Year of the Youth. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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