Your Guide to the Triduum
The High Point of the Year
The Easter Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in the evening of Holy Thursday and continues through the evening on Easter Sunday. This is the most important weekend of the Church year, but sometimes it can be hard to keep track of everything. We can sometimes lose sight of the meaning behind all of the celebrations over the next three days. To help you get the most out of the Triduum, we’ve compiled some resources that help explain what you’ll see at church this weekend.
An Illustrated Triduum Guide for Kids
This guide is a great source for parents to help their kids understand what will happen at church ahead of time so they can participate in a more meaningful way. Try printing the list out and use it for a checklist. Challenge you child to see how many items from the list they notice!
Going Step-by-Step with Busted Halo
Julianne Wallace wrote and excellent article on Busted Halo called “Your Essential Guide to the Triduum.” This article breaks down each celebration of the Triduum in a way that’s easy to read and understand. She also includes reflection questions for each celebration. Try using these reflection questions to guide your prayers this weekend!
Going In-Depth with the USCCB
If you are interested in going further in-depth with this weekend’s celebrations, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has a great resource that examines the official guidelines for the Triduum on their website. Each article explores the unique aspects of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Passion Service and the Easter Vigil. The articles explain in detail what will happen and the meaning behind the rituals.
One of the best ways to prepare to celebrate the Triduum is to read and reflect on Sacred Scripture. The Readings for this weekend are some of the most powerful in the whole Bible. Take some time out of your day to read and reflect on God’s Word and His love for us.
The Triduum at SJTW
We hope these resources help you have a meaningful experience during the Triduum this year. Of course, the best way to celebrate the Triduum is by participating! You can find our complete schedule here. We hope you will join us this weekend for some of the most powerful and inspirational celebrations of the year!