Use: Holy Thursday
Required Resources: SATB choir
There are six antiphons given in the Roman Missal (Sacramentary) for use during the Washing of Feet on Holy Thursday:
- The Lord Jesus, when he had eaten with his disciples, poured water into a basin and began to wash their feet, saying: This example I leave you.
- Lord, do you wash my feet?
Jesus said to him: If I do not wash your feet, you can have no part with me.
V. So he came to Simon Peter, who said to him: Lord, do you wash my feet?
V. Now you do not know what I am doing, but later you will understand. Lord, do you wash my feet?
- If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, then surely you must wash one another's feet.
- If there is this love among you, all will know that you are my disciples.
Jesus said to his disciple: If there is this love among you, all will know that you are my disciples.
- I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you, says the Lord.
- Faith, hope and love, let these endure among you; and the greatest of these is love.
In Mandatum novum we have a Latin setting of Number 5, perhaps the most famous and poetic of these antiphons.
The a cappella motet is written in neo-Renaissance style, modal, and with chant incipits to begin each section.
It is three pages in length, with a Da Capo, making it five pages total time.
While this will not cover the entire rite of Foot Washing, it can be extended with other modal music, particularly psalm verses sung to a Gregorian tone.
Order #: 3171
- Liturgical Settings
- SATB Choir
- a cappella