TRIDUUM

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum-from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at 7:00 PM. We celebrate the gift of the Eucharist and are reminded through the washing of feet that we are to do the work of Jesus by serving others.  The evening ends with a solemn procession to the Altar of Repose and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and is closed with Night Prayer at 11:00 PM.

On Good Friday we gather for The Lord’s Passion.

  • There is Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM in the church.
  • We will also have a Cross Hike at 10:00 AM. We will hike to the large cross in Bollinger Hills while carrying a cross and stop at various points to pray the stations of the cross. Check the bulletin for more information.
  • From 12:00 – 3:00 PM we offer the Stations of the Cross and time of prayer and devotion during the three hours of Christ’s suffering on the Cross. This year we will start with Stations of the Cross at 12:00 Noon, then a new offering called Tenebrae at 1:30 PM, with images and music for contemplation and prayer in between, ending at 3:00 PM.
    What is Tenebrae? Tenebrae (Latin for “darkness”) is an ancient monastic liturgy, traditionally observed on Wednesday night of Holy Week. A modern adaptation of Tenebrae will be presented at 1:30 PM on Good Friday. The liturgy features seldom-heard songs, psalms, and scripture expressing lament, anger, fear, exile, and sorrow. Another prominent feature of this service is the gradual extinguishing of candles until a single flame, a symbol of our Lord, remains. The candle is then briefly hid, symbolizing the death of our Lord. A dramatic noise, or strepitus, is then sounded, symbolizing the earthquake at the time of the resurrection (Matthew 28: 2). The hidden candle is then returned to the sanctuary, a silent reminder of Christ’s victory over death. The Tenebrae service is deeply serious in nature and the mournful scripture readings and periods of silent prayer could be challenging for very young children, though older children and teens will find it compelling. The music for Tenebrae will be provided by our Teen Choir, under the direction of Janèt Sullivan Whitaker, our music director.
  • Private reconciliation from 1:30 – 3:00 PM.
  • At 7:00 PM we celebrate the Lord’s passion.  We venerate the Cross, and receive the Eucharist.

On Holy Saturday there is Morning Prayer at 9:00 AM. We celebrate with the Elect and Candidates as they prepare for initiation into the Church through Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil that evening.  There is a blessing of food at 10:30 AM.  This food will be used for Easter Sunday Celebrations at your homes.

The Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord begins with the blessing of the Easter Fire at 7:30 PM. We process into the church.  The stories of our ancestors are read reminding us how God has saved us throughout history.  We proclaim the ALLELUIA.  We witness the Risen Christ through our Elect who are baptized and our Candidates who profess faith in Christ and the Church.  We renew our own baptismal commitment, and we are blessed with the life giving waters of Baptism.  We bring our gifts to the altar, and they are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ.  We receive the Eucharist and we leave the celebration to continue the mission of Jesus and witness to the world that Christ has truly risen.

I invite you to participate in the celebration of the Triduum.  These special days of the Church remind us to celebrate our Salvation, please join us!

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Palm Sunday, March 25

Saturday Vigil 5:30 PM, Sunday 7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:00 PM

Tuesday, March 27

6:30 – 7:30 PM Individual Reconciliation

Wednesday, March 28

6:30 – 7:30 PM Individual Reconciliation

Holy Thursday, March 29

9:00 AM Morning Prayer
7:00 PM  Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday, March 30

9:00 AM Morning Prayer
10:00 AM Cross Hike
12:00 – 3:00 PM Stations of the Cross, Tenebrae and  prayer
1:30 – 3:00 PM Individual Reconciliation
7:00 PM Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Holy Saturday, March 31

9:00 AM Morning Prayer
10:30 AM Blessing of the Food
There will be no Reconciliation or Saturday evening Vigil Mass
7:30 PM The Great Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday, April 1

8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM Masses will take place in both the church and gym