The Triduum is the name for the three holy days of prayer preceding Easter. It begins with the remembrance of Christ's last supper with his disciples, the occasion upon which he washed their feet and instructed them to remember him when they ate bread and drank wine at the Eucharist. He also gave them a new commandment that day: that they love one another even as he had loved them. So we call this day Maundy Thursday, because Maundy comes from an old Latin word meaning commandment.
On Good Friday we celebrate the betrayal, torture, and murder of Jesus, our Master. That seems like a very strange thing to do. And it would be weird indeed, were it not for the rest of the story: the resurrection.
Then there is the day of emptiness that we celebrate on Holy Saturday. This is a day to reflect upon loss and hopelessness, despair and anguish. These are seasons in a human life. As Christians we have a way of handling them: we wait in expectation for the transformative healing of Christ. This year we will have a Prayer Room that everyone can use between Maundy Thursday and the Great Easter Vigil on Saturday night. The Stations of the Cross from St. Paul's will be there. We will also have pamphlets on prayer and meditation and books of reflection starters. Bring your journal or come for a few minutes of quiet honoring of the suffering and death of our Lord.
Maundy Thursday, April 18 -
Mary of Magdala Footwashing and Holy Communion - 6 pm
Trinity and St. Paul's Holy Communion, Footwashing, and Stripping of the Altar - 8 pm
Prayer Room -
across from St. Paul's office. This room will be open before and after all our Holy Week services so that you can reflect on what you have seen and heard, spend time in quiet, and prepare for what is next.
Good Friday, April 19 -
Joint worship services:
Seven Last Words of Christ - 12 pm
Stations of the Cross and Solemn Collects - 7 pm
Holy Saturday, April 20 -
Prayer Room will be open from 7 to 9 am
Trinity Easter Folk Eucharist - 5 pm
Mary of Magdala Great Vigil of Easter - 7 pm
St. Paul's Great Vigil of Easter - 9:30 pm
Easter Sunday, April 21 -
Trinity Sunrise Easter Service - 7:00 am
St. Paul's Easter Service of Holy Communion - 8:30 am
Trinity Easter Service - 10:30 am
NOTE: By popular demand, The Saturday Great Easter Vigil is BACK, but at 9:30 pm. Come for the lighting of the first fire, readings and singing, candles, bells, and a joyous welcome to the resurrection