What is Triduum?
The word “Triduum” means "three days". The three days of the Sacred Triduum are Sunday, Saturday, and Friday.
This seventy-two hour period is the most important celebration of our entire liturgical calendar; it begins on Holy Thursday evening and concludes with Vespers (Evening Prayer) on Easter Sunday, The Sacred Triduum is actually ONE liturgy over three days. We may go home and come back again, but we do not actually “begin” and “end” our daily celebrations.
Holy Thursday: March 29, 2018
7:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
8:30 pm Eucharistic Adoration
12:00 am Closing of Eucharistic Adoration & Night Prayer
Good Friday: March 30, 2018
12:00 pm Noon Prayer (Liturgy of the Hours)
3:00 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
7:00 pm Stations of the Cross
Easter Vigil: March 31, 2018
8:00 pm Easter Vigil Mass - Celebration of the Sacrament of Initiation
Easter Sunday: April 1, 2018
7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am (English),
1:00 pm (Español)
No 5:00pm Mass
Where does the word “Paschal” come from?
“Pascha” is a Greek word which translates the Hebrew word for “Passover.” Many Eastern Christians use it to refer to Easter. It may have two meanings. First, it may refer to “passage” – the passage of the Hebrews fleeing Egypt and the passage of Christ from death to life. Secondly, it has been interpreted as “passion” in the sense of Christ’s suffering. Both meanings are alluded to in the liturgical texts (Solarksi, Dennis, Liturgical Literacy, 162).
Where does the word “Easter” come from?
The word “Easter” may have originally derived from a mythological goddess of fertility. Early Christians often Christianized pagan observances. In the new Roman Missal, you will see titles that reflect the European custom of calling the day “Resurrection Sunday,” though Easter is certainly still used.