Candles - smallWritten By: David Gilbert

Tomorrow is the beginning of the Easter Triduum. It is the three concluding days of Holy Week commemorating the Last Supper, Passion and Death of Jesus Christ.

Maundy Thursday: Jesus washes the feet of His Apostles. He celebrates the Passover/ Last Supper with them and institutes the Eucharist. It is also the night when Jesus suffers the Agony in the Garden, Judas betrays Him and Jesus is imprisoned.

Good Friday: Peter denies Christ three times. Jesus is brought to Pontius Pilate for questioning. Pilate offers the crowd a choice to free either Jesus or Barabbas. Jesus is scourged. Christ is crucified. He gives His mother, Mary, to John and to each of us. Christ dies and is laid in a tomb.

Holy Saturday: Christ lies in the tomb. At night Christ rises from the dead.

Here are some suggestions to get the most out of the Easter Triduum:

Maundy Thursday

  • Attend Mass.
  • Increase your prayers and/or devotions.
  • Visit those in prison and/or pray for those in jail, especially for those who have been wrongfully accused as Jesus was.

Good Friday

  • It is a day of abstinence but also try to increase your fasting. If you fall under special circumstances where the standard fasting does not apply, fast from treats and/or added condiments to your food.
  • Keep the day in silence. If not the whole day, at least from 12PM – 3PM which is the time when Jesus was on the cross. Turn off your phones, radios, TV and computers.
  • Attend Good Friday Service.
  • Pray the Rosary and meditate on the Sorrowful Mysteries.
  • Pray the Stations of the Cross at your parish or home.

Holy Saturday

  • Try to take the day off from work.
  • Keep up with your prayers and/or devotions.
  • After Easter Vigil
    • Celebrate! Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
    • Have a feast!
    • Don’t forget that the Easter celebration lasts for 8 days!

We hope these suggestions help you get the most out of your Easter Triduum.

May you have a blessed remainder of Holy Week.

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