Tuesday, October 26, 2010
It shows the Pope, at last year's Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper, washing feet in response to the command of Christ to the Twelve at the Last Supper. What is important to note here is, of course, that the pope is vested as a deacon: that's a deacon's dalmatic that you see him wearing.
For those who might not realize it, many bishops wear a dalmatic under the chasuble (the priest's outer vestment); the pope has here removed his chasuble, so that his dalmatic is clearly visible. The dalmatic, by the way, was originally a vestment of a bishop, and bishops gave the dalmatic as well to their principal aides, their deacons. This shared vestment was seen as a sign of the close bond that should exist between bishops and deacons.
Just thought the picture was worth a thousand words.