Viri selecti | Chosen males

March 20, 2008


The washing of the feet of chosen men [viri* selecti] which, according to tradition, is performed on this day, represents the service and charity of Christ, who came “not to be served, but to serve.” This tradition should be maintained, and its proper significance explained. — Paschale Solemnitatis #51

Note: Vir refers to a person’s gender, not his age. There are very specific Latin words indicating categories of age in males, e.g. puer, adolescens, iuvenis and senex.


4 Responses to “Viri selecti | Chosen males”

  1. Gregor said

    Exactly Father. However, the feminist ideology has inadvertantly crept into your language. Vir refers to a person’s sex, not gender. Words have a gender, people have a sex. It is the agenda of the secular liberals to ignore reality and maintain that people only have a gender, i.e. something arbitrarily determined, which can be changed.

  2. Fr Loren Gonzales said

    Remember, I did my post-grad in The Peoples Republic of Berkeley.

  3. Sorka said

    I would love to read an explanation of why this particular tradition has remained viri selecti. I am perplexed and need some help here dear Father.

  4. Fr Loren Gonzales said

    A very good article on this subject may be found at

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