Feet of First Responders Symbolically Washed at Holy Thursday Mass



Adriana Rodriguez

John Quaglione 


Feet of First Responders Symbolically Washed at Holy Thursday Mass

NYPD, FDNY, Doctor, and Nurse Among Those Represented


Holy Thursday Mass commemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist and usually includes the Washing of the Feet of 12 people from among a parish community, imitating Jesus’ washing the feet of the 12 Apostles at the Last Supper.

At tonight’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which took place at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, an NYPD police captain, an FDNY paramedic, a doctor, a nurse, a social worker, a parent, and the parish’s sacristan were asked to participate at the Mass in a symbolic Washing of the Feet.

“When I think of the priesthood and the models of the priesthood tonight, I think of these people who sit before you. Because they are really the priests in our midst, they make a sacrifice and that sacrifice is themselves and they do that for you and for me and that is what the Gospel mandates,” said Reverend Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn and Rector of the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.

Monsignor Harrington was the main celebrant at tonight’s Mass. Father Israel Perez and Father Pascal Louis concelebrated the Mass.


Video of tonight’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper can be found here:


Courtesy: DeSales Media Group/NET-TV

17:51 – Homily by Monsignor Harrington talking about the New Yorkers present for Symbolic Washing of the Feet

20:07 Kieran Harrington, Msgr. Harrington’s father

20:36 Police Captain Dominguez, NYPD 77 pct.

21:19 Cody Gottach, FDNY EMS Batt 59

22:45 Austen, Doctor

23:30 Lilia Figueroa, Nurse

24:12 James Moses, Social worker

26:54 Miguel Perez, Parish Sacristan