In a few hours, we will celebrate the evening Mass of Holy Thursday. We have the washing of feet before Mass, in our refectory. The prioress chooses twelve nuns and kneels to wash their feet. Monasteries have surely been washing women's feet on Holy Thursday long before Pope Francis (although we do it privately). It is awe-inspiring to think that Jesus gave us Himself in the Eucharist, ordaining the first priests, just a short time before His passion began. Tonight we remember this wonderful event, and we stay awake with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, keeping adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until midnight.