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Holy Eucharist by Jesus Christ with church services in the evening was celebrated at Milagres Cathedral, Kallianpur on March 28, 2024.

Catholic churches commemorate the events of the Last Supper with the chief celebrant of the Maundy Thursday mass washing the feet of 12 laypersons representing the Apostles of Christ. Most Rev. Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi Diocese, performed this ritual. V. Rev. Fr Valerian Mendonca, Rector of Milagres Cathedral; Rev. Fr Joy Andrade, Asst. Parish Priest of Milagres Cathedral; and Rev. Fr Lawrence Rodrigues were present.

In his homily, Fr. Valerian Mendonca emphasized the significance of Maundy Thursday. Thereafter, the bishop washed the feet of laypersons, reminding them of Jesus Christ washing the feet of the 12 Apostles.

The same gesture was followed by the Bishop at the Milagres Cathedral, and replicated in all the churches across the diocese, reminiscent of Jesus washing the feet of the 12 Apostles.

Devotees perceive the washing of the feet ritual as a message of Jesus Christ’s humility and service. Maundy Thursday also symbolizes Jesus Christ’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. To commemorate this agony, night vigils are held in Catholic churches, which typically continue until the commencement of the Good Friday services the following evening.

At the end of the mass, the Holy Eucharist was ceremoniously taken to the florally decorated Altar of Repose, while the main altar was stripped of its white covering and flowers, leaving it bare.

The reverential transfer of the Holy Eucharist to the Altar of Repose was followed by adoration.

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