The Sacred Three Days of Our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection
I hope you will be able to join our worshiping community for the celebration of the Triduum, the sacred three days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. These are powerful liturgical celebrations–spread over three days–that commemorate in word, ritual and song the saving mysteries of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection. If you have never participated in these celebrations, or it’s been a while since you have, I would really like to encourage you to experience the most powerful services of the liturgical year. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to give something back to God in gratitude for the incredible gift of salvation he has given us through his Son, Jesus Christ.
The Triduum begins at sundown on Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. At that liturgy, we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist, and commemorate in ritual and song Jesus’ washing the feet of the disciples and our call as Christians to serve as Christ to one another. After Communion and a Eucharistic procession around the inside of the Church, the lights will lower, and we will kneel in vigil and prayer as we hear the story of Jesus’ agony in the garden–closing with the prayerful chant of Jesus’ call to the disciples to “Stay with Me”.
On Good Friday, “part two” of the Triduum, we commemorate our Lord’s passion and death. After a presentation of the passion according to John, the Crucifix is brought through the main doors into the midst of the assembly, as we sing and proclaim “Behold the Wood of the Cross – on which is hung our Salvation.” The community is then invited to come forward in veneration as songs and readings are shared. After receiving our Lord in the Eucharist (consecrated from the night before), we end with the lights low and the music chanted as we continue in vigil, hearing once again Jesus’ words to the disciples to “Stay with Me”.
On Holy Saturday, the Community gathers in darkness and the new fire is blessed. As the people of God stand with lighted candles, the Easter Candle is incensed and the “Exsultet” (the Easter Proclamation) is sung. We then listen to the ancient stories of our salvation and bless the waters of creation and baptismal new life. With the singing of the sacred chant “Veni Sancte Spiritus” (Come Holy Spirit) we celebrate the initiation of new members into our Church through the “laying on of hands” and the anointing with oil in the Sacrament of Confirmation. We end with a celebration of Easter Eucharist and the transforming joy and hope that the promise of Resurrection brings. The Church bells (silent through the Triduum) will ring once more as we sing and proclaim “Jesus Christ Has Risen Today!” The Celebration of the Resurrection continues through the Masses on Easter Sunday.
Again, I hope you will join us for these most important three days of our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. May God bless our community and the universal Church as we participate in these holiest of days.
Triduum Schedule at St. Edward
Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:00pm
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, 7:00pm
Vigil Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection, Saturday, 8:00pm
Mass of the Lord’s Resurrection, Sunday, 8:30 & 10:30am
Fr. Rick Banker