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Holy Week and the Triduum Celebrations

Mar 11

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As I think back to the time that Jesus walked on this earth and we approach the time when He gave His life for our salvation, a thought struck me: the importance the Jewish people at the time of Jesus placed on the worship of the Passover in the Temple. It was one of the classical ‘Pilgrimage Feasts’ of ancient Judaism in which the Jews in the Diaspora (those who were living outside of Jerusalem) would make a journey to Jerusalem in order to worship in the Temple. Granted, those who lived as far as Rome or modern day Spain or Britain would not make that journey every year, but they would make it a priority to go and visit at least once in their lifetime; if not on a regular basis.

Those who lived in or nearer to Jerusalem, however, would make the Feast of Passover and the concurrent Feasts of Unleavened Bread a particular time of celebration and worship before the Lord. Everything else in Jerusalem stopped during these High Holy Days as the Temple took center stage for them all.

As I reflected on this, I began to wonder how much of a priority we place on our High Holy Days that are approaching soon. Holy Week and the Triduum celebrations are unique moments in our entrance into the salvation won for us by Christ Jesus. They allow us, as Passover allowed the Jewish people, to re-enter into the heart of the mysteries that make us Christians, for the mysteries celebrated over Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil are the very foundational mysteries of the Church and of our belief in Jesus Christ as the Divine Son of God and Savior of the World.

Two thousand years later, it can be easy to take these mysteries for granted. After all, most of us grew up with these mysteries; we heard about them in school or catechism classes, they are not something that are ‘new’ to us today; and there can be a sense or a feeling of ‘I’ve already done that’ so I do not need to go to them again.

Yet these mysteries and events are times for us to walk with Jesus over His last days. They are times to hear Him institute the gift of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper. They are times to find strength to carry the crosses He gives us as we walk the road to Calvary with Him. They are times to mourn at the tomb with the Holy Women. And it is most of all a time to bask in the glory of the Resurrection when the power of sin and death was conquered by the power of God Himself!

As we approach these feast days, I would like to invite you to plan ahead to join us for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at 7pm at both parishes on March 29; to walk the way of the Cross during the Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday at 7 pm at both parishes on March 30; and to bask in the glory of the Resurrected Christ at 8:30 pm on Holy Saturday at Corpus Christi for the Great Vigil of Easter on March 31!

In a particular way, the Easter Vigil is always something special to celebrate for it is the time we welcome our new members into the faith, as well. This year, there are 16 to be Baptized, Confirmed and/or Received into the Church; it promises to be a beautiful and powerful celebration.

As the ancient Jews made Passover a special and particular celebration of their identity as the Chosen People of God, these are our days to celebrate Jesus choosing us to be His Family, His brothers and sisters; and by such, He breaks the power of sin over us and gives us the freedom that comes from being a son or daughter of God.

Please join us for these unique and powerful day!
God Bless and Prayers, Fr. Kyle Schnippel

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