Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Triduum

by Carl Olson

Since Holy Week -- especially the Easter Triduum -- are at the heart of the liturgical year, you may consider how to make the week different from other weeks.
Perhaps the family will not watch television for the week, but will read aloud passages from the Gospels that relate to the triduum and Easter. The Gospel reading on Monday (Jn 12:1-11) is the story of Jesus' raising Lazarus, Tuesday's reading (Jn 13:21-33, 36-38) is about Judas's plans to betray Christ, and Wednesday's reading (Mt 26:14-25) sets the stage for the Last Supper and the betrayal in the garden. Each of these provides important background material for what will be seen and heard during the Triduum.

Finally, in many countries Catholics follow an old custom (going back to a Jewish tradition in preparation of Passover) of having Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week be spring-cleaning days. Cleaning the house from top to bottom is a concrete reminder that we need to clean our hearts and minds in preparation of the Triduum and Easter.

Discover more about these 'Three Great Days' of the Triduum with Carl Olson's series on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Don't miss 'Triduum Family Activities.' Read it here.

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