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.