Triduum: Good Friday
TRIDUUM: Good Friday

The Sacred Triduum is a seamless, continuous liturgy: Three Days that connect.  There was no formal dismissal last night after the Holy Thursday Mass.  We quietly moved on from the Chapel of Repose, silently remembering the events of Jesus’ last meal with his disciples.

We come to church this Good Friday afternoon to celebrate the Passion of the Lord, to hear the familiar story of the events that lead up to His crucifixion.  The church has been stripped, no vestiges of the celebration last night remain. There is no formal entrance procession with music, but rather the priests enter from the sacristy in silence and prostrate themselves on the floor before the altar symbolizing Jesus’ total surrender on our behalf. 

Solemnity infuses the air like no other day on the liturgical calendar.  Our hearts are heavy today.

The liturgy continues with the proclamation of the Word, the Passion story is retold, the events are made real once again.  The music mournfully reflects the emptiness we feel as we remember how Jesus gave his life for us.

We venerate the cross which is both the instrument of death and a means to new life.  Passing over our heads amongst the assembly we briefly carry the cross and feel its weight.  We will also have the opportunity to personally venerate the cross with a kiss. 

There is no Eucharistic Prayer today—this is not a Mass—but rather a communion service at which the Eucharist consecrated last evening is distributed to us who wait with those at the foot of the cross.

After communion we silently leave the church and contemplate what has occurred.  The Triduum continues Saturday with the Night Watch of the Resurrection.

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