Volume 8, #33
Triduum Reflection from Fr. John Nolan
Dear Parishioners,

Here we are, just a few days from the holiest time in our liturgical (Church) year, and we still find ourselves separated from the parish and the Sacraments. I’m offering this short reflection to bring us into the spirit of the Three Days commemorating the Institution of the Eucharist, the Passion/Death of Jesus, and his glorious Resurrection. These three, holy days are usually called the Easter Triduum. also known as the Sacred Triduum, or Paschal Triduum. The Triduum is somewhat like a three-day prayer marathon The word "triduum" comes from the Latin word tr?duum, which comes from tr?s (“three”) + di?s (“day”).

Sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Sunday is considered the most solemn part of the liturgical year. The Triduum (TRIH-du-um) is the time of the Church year when we celebrate the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This three-day celebration begins with the Holy Thursday Mass and continues on Good Friday with the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. At the end of this liturgy, we leave the church in silence, waiting to celebrate the glory of our Lord’s resurrection. Then, on Saturday at sundown, the Church re-gathers to celebrate the final, and most grand moment of the Triduum: the Resurrection of our Lord.
Although many of us Catholics assume that Easter Sunday itself is part of the Triduum, it is not. Easter is its own splendid celebration. The three days of the Triduum are Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

Basically, the Sacred Triduum is one great festival recounting the last three days of Jesus' life on earth, the events of his Passion and Resurrection, when the Lamb of God laid down his life in atonement for our sins.

Here are a couple of resources to assist you in celebrating these holy days in our Church Year.
Let all then enter the joy of Our Lord!
Both the first and the last,
and those who come after, enjoy your reward!
Rich and poor, dance with one another,
sober and slothful, celebrate the day.
Those who have kept the fast and those who have not,
rejoice today, for the table is richly spread.
Fare royally upon it-the calf is a fatted one.
Let no one go away hungry.
All of you, enjoy the banquet of faith!
All enjoy the riches of His goodness.
Let no one cry over his poverty,
for the universal Kingdom has appeared!
Let no one mourn that he has fallen again and again,
for forgiveness has risen from the grave.
Let none fear death, for the death of our Savior has set us free.
He has destroyed it by enduring it.
He spoiled the power of hell when he descended thereto.
Isaiah foretold this when he cried,
'Death has been frustrated in meeting him below!'
It is frustrated, for it is destroyed.
It is frustrated, for it is annihilated.
It is frustrated, for now it is made captive.
For it grabbed a body and discovered God.
It took earth and behold! It encountered Heaven.
It took what was visible, and was overcome by what was invisible.
O Death, where is your sting?
O Death, where is your victory?
Christ is risen, and the demons are cast down.
Christ is risen, and life is set free.
Christ is risen, and the tomb is emptied of the dead.
For Christ, having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits for those who sleep.
to Him be glory and power forever and ever! Amen.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
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