Bishop Pabillo to wash feet of “New Missionaries” for Holy Thursday

Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo will wash the feet of 4 people at the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, April 1, 2021, at the Manila Cathedral, at 3 pm.

In a message sent to the Archdiocese of Manila Office of Communications, Fr. Reginald Malicdem, rector of Manila Cathedral said that Bishop Pabillo will wash the feet of 4 people with background relevant with this year’s celebration of the 5th centenary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines. This celebration also coincides with the celebration of the Year of Mission ad gentes, acknowledging our mission as Filipinos and our call to be missionaries to Asia and the world.

Here are the names and profiles of the “missionaries” whose feet will be washed by Bishop Pabillo:

Fr. Geoffrey Eborda Jr., OSA

An Augustinian friar, representing the first religious congregation to bring the Gospel to our land, and also the many other missionaries throughout history who offered their whole lives in the service of evangelization.

Ms. Ruzzel Ramos

A full-time catechist of the Catechetical Foundation of the Archdiocese of Manila, currently serving in St. John Bosco Parish, Tondo. She represents teachers, parents, grandparents, who strive their best to pass on the faith to the next generation.

Mr. Romain Garry Lazaro

Social media staff of the Manila Cathedral, representing the young people who have now become online missionaries, bringing their creativity and passion for the faith in the world of media and communications.

Sr. Venus Marie Pegar, SFX

A consecrated member of the Sisters of St. Francis Xavier, a religious congregation established by Bishop Alexandre Cardot of Rangoon (Yangon) in Myanmar. Bishop Broderick Pabillo will wash her feet to express our closeness and solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Myanmar, in their struggle for democracy and peace.

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 Last Supper of Jesus before his passion. During that time, he also washed the feet of his disciples. It reminds the faithful that as disciples of Christ we are also called to serve others in the spirit of humility.  (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


IN PHOTO | Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of Manila washes the feet of a medical frontliner during Washing of the Feet on Holy Thursday in April 2020.

Photo File of RCAM-AOC

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