The night before his death, Our Lord instituted the Eucharist, the means of perpeatuating his Sacrifice for the salvation of the world, and of fulfilling his promise to remain with us to the end of the world.
The Gospel this evening is John 13: 1 - 15, where Jesus rises from the table of the Last Supper, removes his outer garment, and washes the feet of his disciples.
Following the example of Christ, who washed the feet of his disciples, the Cardinal removes his chasuble and washes the feet of twelve men. At Westminster Cathedral these are residents of the Royal Hospital Chelsea - the famed 'Chelsea Pensioners.' arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr