What is the Easter Triduum
: Triduum Paschale),
(Latin: Triduum Sacrum), or
The Three Days
, is the period of three days that begins with the liturgy on the evening of
, reaches its high point in the
, and closes with evening prayer on
. It recalls the
resurrection of Jesus
, as portrayed in the
traditions, the Paschal Triduum straddles the two liturgical seasons of
; however, in the
tradition, since the
Pope Pius XII
, the Easter Triduum has been more clearly distinguished as a separate liturgical period.
Previously, all these celebrations were advanced by more than twelve hours. The Mass of the Lord's Supper and the Easter Vigil were celebrated in the morning of Thursday and Saturday respectively, and
were seen as ending only on the approach of Easter.
Gloria in Excelsis Deo
at the Mass of the Lord's Supper all church bells are silenced and the organ is not used. The period that lasted from Thursday morning to before Easter Sunday began was once, in Anglo-Saxon times, referred to as "the still days".
In the Catholic Church,
, which were once prohibited throughout the entire season of Lent and during certain other periods as well,
are prohibited during the Triduum. Lutherans still discourage weddings during the entirety of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum.
Rev. Raymond A Sutter, D.Min
St. Matthias the Apostle Church
on Saturday, April 13 at 9:48PM