04-14-2017, 01:46 PM
OOC: A day late, but please assume this happened yesterday.
His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor visited the Basilica of St. Luis the Protector Thursday morning to offer commemorative coins to 91 men and 91 women for the customary Maundy Thursday service.
Her Imperial Majesty, the Empress and Dauphin Joseph were also in attendance while the Emperor presented the coins to the chosen guests.
The Maundy Thursday, or Holy Thursday service, is an Easter tradition recognizing the Last Supper.
Celebrations of the service act as a symbolic gesture by the Imperial Family to showcase the act of giving. The celebrations also demonstrate the ongoing relationship between the Emperor, the church and the public.
It is customary for the Emperor to pass out the coins to seniors; each person receives one red leather pouch that holds specially minted paper currency and coins valued at about IE 100.
A white pouch is also given and contains Maundy coins that honor and amount to the Emperor's age, 58.
According to The Imperial Mint, the coins are given to elderly men and women who devote time to the church and community.
The Emperor has been traveling to different cathedrals throughout Alexandria for Maundy Thursday services every year since his sovereignty.
This was the third visit to the Basilica of Saint Luis in Geneva.