Bishop David Zubik washes the feet of inmates at the jail in Holy Thursday mass

Bishop David Zubik held a Holy Thursday mass at the Allegheny County Jail as he has in years past.
The Bishop washed the inmates feet. The Bishop dried the inmates feet. The Bishop kissed the inmates feet.

“It was awesome, it will be a mass I ain’t ever going to forget,” said inmate Vernon Belinsky, 53. “Just the feeling of love in the air, togetherness. This don’t happen. This don’t happen in jail.”

Bishop David Zubik washes and kisses the feet of inmate Robert Springer, 28, as a part of a Holy Thursday mass he presided over on Thursday, March 29, 2018 for inmates at the Allegheny County Jail Downtown. In a ritual initiated by Jesus Christ shortly before his arrest as told in The Holy Bible, Bishop Zubik washed, dried and kissed the feet of inmates gathered for the ceremony. (Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)
An inmate holds a hymn book as he attends Holy Thursday mass led by Bishop David Zubik on Thursday, March 29, 2018 for inmates at the Allegheny County Jail Downtown. “It really meant a lot to me, I couldn’t help but crying,” said Phillip Grayson, 49, who was one of a selected group of inmates to have Bishop Zubik wash, dry, and kiss their feet as part of his annual tradition. (Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)
Inmates look to their hymnals after getting their feet washed, dried, and kissed by Bishop David Zubik as a part of a Holy Thursday mass he presided over on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Allegheny County Jail Downtown. In the Catholic tradition, Holy Thursday is the night of the Last Supper, when Jesus instituted Communion. (Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)
Inmate Steven Zalin, 32, bows his head during prayer led by Bishop David Zubik as a part of a Holy Thursday mass he presided over on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at the Allegheny County Jail in Downtown. “It was life changing,” said inmate Al Majkowski, 59. “I’ve been to a million masses in my life and it’s amazing to have the most memorable one in jail.” (Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)
Bishop David Zubik leads a Holy Thursday mass on Thursday, March 29, 2018, for inmates at the Allegheny County Jail Downtown. In the Catholic tradition, Holy Thursday is the night of the Last Supper, when Jesus instituted Communion. (Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)
Bishop David Zubik washes and kisses the feet of inmates as a part of a Holy Thursday mass he presided over on Thursday, March 29, 2018 for inmates at the Allegheny County Jail in Downtown. In a ritual initiated by Jesus shortly before his arrest, as told in The Holy Bible, Bishop Zubik washed, dried and kissed the feet of inmates gathered for the ceremony. “It was awesome, it will be a mass I ain’t ever going to forget,” said inmate Vernon Belinsky, 53. “Just the feeling of love in the air, togetherness. This don’t happen. This don’t happen in jail.” (Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)
Inmates kneel as they pray during a Holy Thursday mass led by Bishop David Zubik on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the Allegheny County Jail in Downtown. (Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)