On the evening of Holy Thursday, Lent comes to an end, and we enter into the “Three Days” at the center of our year: The Easter Triduum. On these Three Days, our Church is at its best.
In scripture, ritual, and song we proclaim the heart of what we believe and celebrate throughout the year. We gather often – at church, at home, – during the Triduum to reflect on the central reality of our faith, the death and resurrection of Jesus. During these Three Days, we renew our baptism and new Catholics are initiated. These are the “highest holy days” of Christianity.
You are invited to make these Three Days different from all the other days of the year.
All members of our community are invited to plan ahead so that the entire time from Holy Thursday evening until the Easter Vigil is a time of prayer and reflection upon what really matters in life.
It is ironic that that these aren’t days of obligation, but rather days of intense and sincere desire. Either you get what they are about, or sadly- you don’t.
Please consider joining on this Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday for the three liturgies that are one continuous celebration of the Paschal Mystery of Our Savior.
These liturgies contain the most powerful rituals and symbols of the entire year. On Holy Thursday, we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist and the attitude with which must approach the altar, that of a servant who washes the feet of others. On Good Friday, we hear the story of Jesus’ Passion, venerate the Holy Cross and celebrate our common priesthood in Christ through the Great Intercessions. At the Easter Vigil, we celebrate the victory of light over darkness, of life over death, of love over sin. We hear the salvation history of our people, renew our baptism, implore the Holy Spirit and celebrate the Most Holy Eucharist with renewed gratitude.
Plan now to celebrate with your parish family the three most important days in our year.