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: April 18, 2019
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: April 19, 2019
12:00 pm Stations of the Cross
3:00 pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion with Living Stations of the Cross by the Confirmation Candidates immediately following
Easter Vigil: April 20, 2019
8:30 pm Easter Vigil Mass - Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist
Easter Sunday: April 21, 2019
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.