Holy Thursday Good Friday The Great Easter Vigil

The Direction of Intention
My God, give me the grace to perform this
action with you and through love for you.
In advance, I offer to you all the good
that I will do and accept all the difficulty
I may meet therein.
St. Ann, pray for us
St. Francis de Sales, pray for us.
The Paschal Triduum
O Holy Week
O The Chrism Mass
O What is the Triduum?
O How did it Develop?
O Holy Thursday
O Good Friday
O The Great Easter Vigil
O Easter Day
O The week preceding Easter
O Final week of Lent.
O Begins with Palm Sunday and ends with Holy
O Holy Week is not a liturgical term or a season in
the Church Year
O Holy Week is the second week of Passiontide
which begins on the 5th Sunday of Lent
Which is it?
Palm or Passion Sunday?
O A bit confusing
O Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord
O Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem
O Gathering in a place other than the Church
O Greeting
O Gospel Reading of the Entry
into Jerusalem
O Procession
O Mass continues as usual
O Reading of the Passion from
either Matthew, Mark or Luke
O Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday of Holy Week
O Follows a sequential reading of
St. John’s Gospel
O Chapters 12 – 13
O Spy Wednesday
O Reading of the betrayal of
Jesus by Judas Iscariot,
indicating that it is the day that
Judas Iscariot first conspired
with the Sanhedrin to betray
Jesus for thirty silver coins.
The Chrism Mass
O Generally celebrated during Holy Week
O The bishop, joined by the priests of the
diocese, gather at the Cathedral to
celebrate the Chrism Mass
O Bishop blesses three oils
The oil of catechumens
The oil of the infirm
Holy Chrism
These oils will be used in the
administration of the sacraments
throughout the diocese for the year.
O Tradition of this Mass goes back to the
early 5th century
O Priest Renew their vows before the bishop
remembering that it was at the Last
Supper that Christ instituted the Ordained
What is the Paschal Triduum?
O Easter Triduum, Holy Triduum, Paschal Triduum, or
The Great Three Days
O It is one celebration with three distinct parts
recognizing the Paschal Mystery of the Passion,
Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ
O Begins in the evening on Thursday with the Mass
of the Lord’s Supper
O Lent ends with the beginning of the Mass and the
Season of the Sacred Triduum begins
O Are the most sacred days in the Church year
How did the Triduum begin?
O Began and an intense time of preparation
for catechumens prior to baptism at Easter
O Sinners were reconciled with the Church on
the Thursday Evening
O Was revived and reestablished in 1955 with
the Liturgical Reforms of Pope Pius XII
Fun Facts about the Triduum
O Begins on Holy Thursday and ends at Easter Vigil
O It is one continuous liturgy
O On other Mass is celebrated on Good Friday
O No weddings or
funerals celebrated
O Only sacrament
offered is Anointing
of the Sick
O Most ancient liturgy
of the church
O Most parts date back
to the early 2nd
century (125 AD)
Thursday of the Lord Supper
O Maundy Thursday (also known as
Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday,
Great and Holy Thursday, Sheer
Thursday and Thursday of Mysteries
O The word “Maundy” comes from the
Latin word for commandment
O As I have done so you must do –
Foot Washing
O “a new commandment,” that they
“love one another.”
O Do this in memory of me
The Liturgy on Holy Thursday
O Tabernacle is Empty
O Font drained
O The presentation of the Holy Oils
O The Singing of the Gloria – with Bells
O ancient tradition of the Church, the organ and bells are
silenced from the Gloria on Holy Thursday until the Gloria of
the Easter Vigil
O Liturgy of the Word
O Story of the Passover from Exodus, The institution narrative
from Corinthians, the Foot Washing from John)
O The Washing of Feet
O Not mandatory on Holy Thursday
O Goes back to early Church. First official reference is 12th century
when Pope washed feet of 12 deacons
The Liturgy on Holy Thursday
O Collection is for the poor
O After receiving Communion Mass
O Eucharist is left on Altar
O Procession to place of Reposition
O Altar in Church is stripped bare
O No ending of Mass – all depart in silence
Good Friday
O Friday of the Passion of the Lord
O Generally only one service is held between 3 and no
later than 9 pm
O No Mass is celebrated on Good Friday
O No Candles – no Altar cloth – no flowers
O Congregation gathers in silence
Good Friday
O Liturgy has 3 distinct parts
O Prostration before the Altar
O The Liturgy of the Word
O With the Solemn Intercessions
O The Veneration of the Cross
O The Reception of Holy Communion
Holy Saturday
O No Mass celebrated
O Church stands in silence before the Tomb
The Great Easter Vigil
O A Vigil of Prayer, Fasting
and Waiting
O During the Night
O The Liturgy
O Part I: The Lucernarum –
The service of Light and
the Blessing of the
Paschal Candle
O The Singing of the Exsultet
or Easter Proclamation
The Great Easter Vigil
O Part II: The Liturgy of the Word
O 9 Readings prescribed
O 7 Old Testament – 1 Epistle and the Gospel
O Tells the Story of Salvation
O The Gloria is Sung
between the last OT
reading and the Epistle
O The Alleluia with
Gospel procession
The Great Easter Vigil
O Part III: Baptismal Liturgy
O Led by Paschal Candle
O Litany of Saints
O Blessing of Water
O Baptism of Catechumens
O Renewal of Baptismal Vows
O Confirmation of newly Baptized
The Great Easter Vigil
O Part IV: The Liturgy of the Eucharist
O The culmination of the Vigil
O The Great and Solemn Blessing with the
O The Triduum comes to a close with Evening
Prayer on Easter Sunday Evening
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