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Cardinal Gracias leads the Maundy Thursday Celebrations at St. Michael's Church, Mahim

In an impactful Maundy Thursday service at the Church of St. Michael, Mahim, His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias led the faithful in commemorating the institution of the Priesthood and the Holy Eucharist. This is a significant day in the Christian calendar is marked by a call to emulate Christ's love through servant leadership, exemplified by the washing of the disciples' feet.

The Mass of the Lord's Supper, presided over by Cardinal Gracias, underscored the essence of "maundy," derived from the Latin mandatum, signifying a mandate or mission entrusted by Christ to all believers. Addressing the congregation, His Eminence emphasized the timeless message of love and service conveyed by Jesus during the Last Supper, urging each individual to model themselves after the humble and selfless example set by the Saviour.

In a symbolic gesture, Cardinal Gracias personally washed the feet of children who had recently received Jesus for the first time in the sacrament of Holy Communion, highlighting the importance of humility and service in the Christian journey. This act was a powerful reminder of the call to embrace simplicity and holiness in one's daily life.

In his concluding remarks, Cardinal Gracias urged the faithful to embrace a spirit of humility, service, and holiness, echoing the profound message of Maundy Thursday and reaffirming the enduring relevance of Christ's teachings in today's world.

The Maundy Thursday service at St. Michael's Church, Mahim, served as a reminder of the transformative power of Christ's love and the enduring significance of his message of humility and service to humanity.


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