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Holy Triduum

  1. 1. The Holy Triduum revised version Mr. Pablo Cuadra Religion Class
  2. 2. What is the meaning of the word triduum? <ul><li>The word Triduum means: </li></ul><ul><li>Three days. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What are the days of the Holy Triduum? <ul><li>The days of the Holy Triduum are: </li></ul><ul><li>A. Holy Thursday </li></ul><ul><li>B. Good Friday </li></ul><ul><li>C. Holy Saturday </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is the Holy Triddum? <ul><li>A. The Triduum is a celebration of the three holiest days in the liturgical cycle. </li></ul><ul><li>B. The Triduum is the climax of Holy Week. </li></ul><ul><li>C. The entire season of Lent is a preparation for these three days. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why is the Holy Triduum so important? <ul><li>The Triduum is a celebration that highlights the P aschal mystery. </li></ul><ul><li>Through the liturgy of these three days the Church remembers that Christ suffered and died, but that he also came to life. </li></ul><ul><li>The Triduum is the celebration of the Church’s salvation through Christ. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What is the connection between Lent and the Easter Triduum? <ul><li>The forty days of Lent are a time of spiritual preparation for these three holy days. </li></ul><ul><li>Lent’s renewal through prayer, fasting and almsgiving helps us prepare to understand the meaning of each of these three holy days. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What does the Holy Triduum remember and celebrate? <ul><li>A. The Holy Triduum remembers and celebrates Christ’s victory over sin and death. </li></ul><ul><li>B. The Church celebrates Christ’s victory over the power of death from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. </li></ul><ul><li>C. Fifty days of joy and celebration. </li></ul>
  8. 8. How are the days of the Holy Triduum counted? <ul><li>The days of the Holy Triduum are counted the way the Hebrews counted their days. </li></ul><ul><li>From dusk to dusk. For example: </li></ul><ul><li>From the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Good Friday one day. </li></ul><ul><li>From the evening of Good Friday to the evening of Holy Saturday a second day. </li></ul><ul><li>From the evening of Holy Saturday to the evening of Easter Sunday another day. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Holy Triduum <ul><li>Lent officially ends on Holy Thursday. </li></ul><ul><li>The Holy Triduum begins on the evening of Holy Thursday . </li></ul><ul><li>On Holy Thursday there is only one mass . </li></ul><ul><li>The mass of the Lord’s supper which is celebrated in the evening, and includes the ceremony of the washing of the feet . </li></ul><ul><li>No morning masses are celebrated on this day. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Holy Thursday <ul><li>A. The faithful gathers in church to celebrate the institution of the Eucharist and priesthood. </li></ul><ul><li>B. The washing of the feet is a reminder of Jesus’ command to serve one another . </li></ul><ul><li>C. At the end of the mass the Blessed Sacrament is moved to a chapel during a solemn procession followed by Benediction . </li></ul><ul><li>D. The faithful is invited to stay in the chapel to pray before the Blessed Sacrament until midnight. </li></ul><ul><li>E.. The sanctuary is cleared. All decorations are removed from the church. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Good Friday <ul><li>A. This is a holy day of fasting and abstinence . </li></ul><ul><li>B. Is the only day in the liturgical calendar that a mass is not celebrated. </li></ul><ul><li>C. The liturgy of the Lord’s passion is celebrated, followed by a homily, the General intercessions, communion, and the veneration of the cross . </li></ul><ul><li>D. There is no solemn procession on this day. </li></ul><ul><li>E. The stations of the Cross are celebrated during the evening of Good Friday, usually followed or preceded by confessions </li></ul>
  12. 12. What is the veneration of the Cross? <ul><li>The veneration of the cross is the last section of the Liturgy of Good Friday. </li></ul><ul><li>The faithful are presented with the cross, then the faithful venerate the cross with a kiss, as a sign of respect and devotion. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Holy Saturday Easter Vigil <ul><li>A. The Easter Vigil is the highest point of the Easter Triduum . </li></ul><ul><li>B. The Easter Vigil begins on the evening of Holy Saturday . </li></ul><ul><li>C. This is the longest celebration in Catholic worship. </li></ul><ul><li>D. The Easter Vigil celebration proclaims Jesus’ triumph over the powers of evil and death . </li></ul>
  14. 14. Easter Vigil <ul><li>A. The Easter Vigil begins at night with the blessing of the fire, a solemn procession and the singing of the exultet . </li></ul><ul><li>B. The exultet is a song sung by the deacon or cantor proclaiming the salvation of the risen Christ . </li></ul>
  15. 15. Easter Vigil <ul><li>A. The fire is blessed , from this fire the Paschal candle is lit. </li></ul><ul><li>The Paschal candle is a symbol of Christ resurrected. </li></ul><ul><li>B. The priest blesses the candle reminding the people of God that Jesus is the alpha and the omega , the beginning and the end. All time belongs to Christ. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Easter Vigil <ul><li>A. The Paschal candle is carried by the deacon into the darkened church . </li></ul><ul><li>B. As the procession progresses the lights of the church are gradually turn on. </li></ul><ul><li>C. People light their own candles from the Paschal candle carried by the deacon. </li></ul><ul><li>D. At the end of the procession the deacon sings the Exultet or exultation song. The people hold their candles during the song which proclaim God’s salvific actions. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Easter Vigil <ul><li>The darkened church , the procession , the paschal candle ,the fire , and the exultet are all symbols that remind us that Christ’s resurrection defeated the darkness of evil. </li></ul><ul><li>This ceremony reminds us the power of Christ cannot be defeated nor those who have his power. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Easter Vigil <ul><li>A. After the exultet is sung the history of salvation is proclaimed through a series of seven readings from the Old Testament . </li></ul><ul><li>B. The readings from the book of Exodus are giving special attention on this night . </li></ul><ul><li>C. After each reading a psalm and a prayer is said. </li></ul><ul><li>D. At the end of the last reading the Glory is sung. </li></ul><ul><li>E. The altar and the sanctuary are decorated and the bells, the orchestra, and the choir proclaim the joy of Easter. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Easter Vigil <ul><li>A. During the Glory, in certain churches, a group of people are in charge of decorating the bare altar and sanctuary with banners, linens, and flowers . </li></ul><ul><li>B. All the lights of the church are turned on as a symbol of the resurrection. </li></ul><ul><li>C. After the Glory an epistle from Paul is read followed by the Alleluia which is sung for the first time after Lent. </li></ul><ul><li>D. Then, the Gospel of the resurrection is proclaimed, followed by a homily or reflection. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Easter Vigil <ul><li>A. After the homily the baptismal water is blessed with the Paschal candle. </li></ul><ul><li>B. The catechumens and candidates are initiated with the sacraments of initiation . </li></ul><ul><li>C. The congregation renews their baptismal vows . </li></ul><ul><li>D. After the baptismal ceremony the second part of the mass, the liturgy of the Eucharist, continues as usual. </li></ul><ul><li>E. This is the first mass of Easter day, and the beginning of the Easter season , fifty days of celebration that end on Pentecost Sunday, the feast of the Holy Spirit. </li></ul>
  21. 21. The Lord is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!