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Holy Week - The Triduum

Today as we celebrate Palm Sunday we enter the most solemn week of the Church Year – the final, intense days of Lent and the great days of the Triduum. This week, called holy by our ancestors, calls us to focus our attention and energy on the observance of the Paschal Mystery.

Posted by Fr. Bill on March 16, 2016

The Triduum: The first thing to recognize about the Triduum is that it means ―The Three Days‖. The Triduum is a unified observance that extends over three days, and forms its own unique and central part of the liturgical year. Lent ends on Holy Thursday afternoon. The Triduum begins with the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper and concludes on Easter Sunday evening.

The Church is called to enter into a period of prayer, fasting and vigilance, which reaches its climax at the Easter Vigil. The principal liturgies even suggest the unity of the Triduum by the way they end and begin. On Thursday, there is no dismissal or conclusion; on Friday we gather and leave with no introductory or concluding rites; and at the Vigil we gather around a fire and begin without the usual introductory rites. We begin on Thursday and don’t conclude until after the Vigil, with Easter Sunday as a kind of extension of the celebration of the Vigil.

These days are the central movement around which all else revolves. The Triduum gives meaning to Lent, which precedes it, and to the Fifty Days of Easter that follow. As the Lent-Easter cycle is the core of the year, so the Triduum is the core of Lent-Easter. These days are central because they draw us into the heart of our identity as church. The paschal mystery of Jesus’ death and resurrection is the core of our faith and our participation in the mystery through the celebration of baptism defines what it means to be Christian and what it means for the community to be church.  This year Holy Thursday and Good Friday services will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church, Moravia, and the Easter Vigil will be celebrated at St. Patrick, Aurora.

We realize that some people may have difficulty driving to another church, especially the

elderly who don’t feel safe driving at night beyond their familiar comfort zone. We don’t want anyone to miss the Triduum services because of the distance. If you need a ride to the services please call the church office (364-7197) and we will work to help arrange a ride for you.

Please note the changes in the weekend Mass schedule for Easter weekend. This year the Easter Vigil we be held at St. Patrick, Aurora at 8:00 p.m., and the Easter Sunday Mass at St. Michael’s Church, Union Springs will be at 9:00a.m. There will be no Easter Sunday morning Mass in St. Patrick Church, Aurora.  The other Easter Sunday Masses are at St. Patrick, Moravia at 8:30 a.m., and Our Lady of the Lake at 10:30 a.m.

May you have a blessed Holy Week.

God’s peace and blessings.

Father Bill

 

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