When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” -Jn. 13:12-17
The traditional rubrics for the Mandatum on Holy Thursday in the Missale Romanum refers to the Viri selecti, the “chosen men” whom have been selected to stand in place of the Apostles for the foot washing rite. When Our Lord washed the feet of his Apostles, he provided them an example of service, an example that demands imitation by all who profess belief in Christ.
We, the Viri selecti of St. Gertrude Parish, have been selected to serve at the Altar of Jesus Christ. In so doing, we serve not only our Eucharistic Lord by assisting in the offering of right worship in the venerable Dominican Rite of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, but also our parish community, by helping to maintain the traditions of our faith and to facilitate the prayer life of the community.
Under the spiritual patronage of Pope St. Pius V, the holy Dominican Pope who codified what would become known as the Tridentine Mass in 1570, the Viri selecti of St. Gertrude Parish are dedicated to service and prayer. Viri selecti commit to learn how to serve at the Altar in the Dominican Rite Mass, and to pray daily for the Church, the Pope, and for each other.
Domine, non sum dignus.