The Triduum

Tonight, we begin what is called the Triduum. That’s a funny word and maybe one you’ve never heard. We begin with our Maundy Thursday service at which we will commemorate the first eucharist and Jesus’ “mandate” (where we get Maundy) to love one another. This is followed by Good Friday which commemorates Jesus’ death on the cross. Then, on Holy Saturday we have the Easter Vigil at which we celebrate the resurrection. These three days are really considered a continuation of each other—one long sacred time known as the Triduum. You’ll notice that Maundy Thursday and Good Friday don’t close with a dismissal, precisely because they don’t end, but move into the sacred time and worship service that is to follow. So, as you leave a service during the Triduum, you will take with you the sense of an absence of closure or an ending, precisely because you and I are called to bear the reality of the sacred time into our lives and the world. The liturgies shape us over this Holy Week to anticipate the celebration of Easter—the promise of new life given to us in Christ. Every Holy Week is made holy not simply because of what we do, but rather, because of what God has done and continues to do through God’s love made flesh in Jesus. That is to say, the Triduum is a holy time precisely because of what happens to us through our common worship, personal prayer and God’s abiding Spirit. It is a holy story we tell this week and a sacred time to be together. I encourage you to come and participate and sense in yourself a growing desire for the promise and joy of Easter day. And if you are not able to join our common worship, to hold a sacred time of prayer where and when you can—always knowing that we are one together in spirit, especially during this most holy of seasons. We walk together this week in great expectation of the joy and resurrection we have in Christ. Together, we will celebrate, come Sunday!
God bless you and keep you this Holy Week,