Triduum Sacrum

The most solemn and important liturgies of our Faith  is the TRIDUUM SACRUM. Although celebrated over three days, the TRIDUUM, is in fact really only ONE celebration. Beginning on Holy Thursday evening with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper we are able, through the sacred Liturgy, to be with Jesus in the upper room as He institutes the Eucharist and washes the feet of His disciples. As the Blessed Sacrament is taken to the Chapel of Repose, we go with the Lord into the Garden of Gethsemane and pray a while. Without any closing dismissal, we go home in order to return on Good Friday to celebrate Christ’s Passion in the Word and venerate the Crucifix in acknowledgement that the Lord died for us. We go home quietly, in sorrow feeling the separation from Jesus as He lies in the tomb. On Holy Saturday night, we gather in the dark, to bless the Easter Fire and light the Paschal Candle. We hear the Exultet (The Easter Proclamation) sung to us and, by the light of the Paschal Candle only, we listen to the Vigil readings recalling the long history of salvation, from the creation to the resurrection of the Lord. We praise God with loud bells, Gloria and at last, sing the word that has been denied us for the past 40 days – ALLELUIA!! Then at the end of Mass we will be solemnly dismissed, to return once more on Easter Day to proclaim with joy that CHRIST IS RISEN!! IT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO REALISE THAT THE PEOPLE OF THE HOLY CROSS COMMUNITY SHOULD BE TOGETHER AND UNITED OVER THE SACRED TRIDUUM. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO COME TO ALL THE CELEBRATIONS.

Father Andrew

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