Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Holy Thursday service at Saint Thomas Aquinas drew many to commemorate the Last Supper Jesus held with his twelve apostles.
Mass included the washing of the feet, observing the ritual started by Jesus the evening before his crucifixion.
"You experience what happened with the disciples, recreating that and being a part of that is something that is really special," said Jaque Thrall of Binghamton.
Parishioners were invited to come forward for the rite following the homily.
"It is an example for all of us," explained Seminarian Ken Kirkman. "That he who's the Lord of the universe would get down in the dirt and wash the feet of his disciples, something only a servant would do."
The Easter Triduum, a three day period of prayer and reflection, marks the end of the Lenten season and introduces the joy that Christians celebrate on Easter.
Many local churches remained open late on Thursday night for silent adoration of the Eucharist.
Masses will continue on Good Friday on Easter Sunday in remembrance of Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection.