THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM

BRIGHT WEEK: The days from Easter until the following Sunday are known as the Octave of Easter. (Octave, as surely you can deduce from the Greek root oct, means “eight days.”) In Liturgy class in Saint Vincent Seminary we learned that this ENTIRE WEEK is meant to be celebrated as Easter Sunday. Why? Because the Resurrection is something that can’t be contained in a single 24 hour day. Thus we are called to celebrate that one day, that most glorious day, that MOST important of all days in the entire history of the cosmos, not for a mere 24 hours but for a full 92 hours. And after an eight day Easter “day” we continue celebrating until Pentecost; 50 days, nearly one seventh of the calendar yea

THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM

THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM: The Liturgical celebration that begins on Holy Thursday evening marks the PINNACLE of Catholic Christian worship. Note that in the preceding sentence I used the singular “celebration” not the plural that would be expected when speaking about the services from Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. That case choice (singular instead of plural) reveals a profound truth: the Triduum services - Holy Thursday evening's Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday's Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Holy Saturday night's Great Vigil, and Easter Sunday's Easter Mass are not seen as separate celebrations but facets of one great Liturgical gem, the celebration of the Passion, Death, and

PREPARING FOR EASTER

PREPARING FOR EASTER: In last weekend's Gospel we heard the Parable of the Prodigal Son, surely one of the most well-known (and well loved) of Bible stories. Who hasn't heard the story and been struck by the UNBELIEVABLE love and mercy exhibited to the prodigal son by the father. Unless one is denser than the singularity from which the entire universe emerged in the Big Bang (and let me tell you, THAT is pretty darn DENSE!) it should be obvious that the father in the parable is meant to represent THE FATHER. (God, that is.) And just as obviously Jesus told this parable to teach us that NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING is beyond the reach of God‟s mercy. Let me say that again NOTHING IS BEYOND TH

PALM SUNDAY

PALM SUNDAY: The General Introduction of the Roman Missal, 3rd Edition (GIRM), which governs the celebration of the Eucharist, begins its instruction on Palm Sunday thusly: On this day the Church recalls the entrance of Christ the Lord into Jerusalem to accomplish his Paschal Mystery. Accordingly, the memorial of this entrance of the Lord takes place at all Masses, by means of the Procession or the Solemn Entrance before the principal Mass or the Simple Entrance before other Masses. The Solemn Entrance, but not the Procession, may be repeated before other Masses that are usually celebrated with a large gathering of people. Cutting through the liturgical gobbledygook, this paragraph indicates

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