The Passover of the Lord
Focus: At sundown on Thursday this week, Lent ends and the Triduum, the three most sacred days of the Liturgical Year, begins. We celebrate with signs and symbols that call to mind all that God has done for us in Jesus Christ. On Holy Thursday, we wash feet. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper and keep watch with Christ, as his apostles did. On Good Friday, we incense and reverence the cross—our tree of life. At the Easter Vigil Saturday evening, the darkness of night is banished by the Easter fire and the lighting of the Easter candle; the Scriptures commemorate the significant events in God’s saving plan for the world. Catechumens enter the waters of Baptism, dying to sin and rising to new life in Christ. We celebrate Christ’s Resurrection and find hope in Christ’s promise that we, too, will pass over from death to everlasting life with God.
“Christ has turned all our sunsets into dawns” (St. Clement of Alexandria)
“I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do” (John 13:15).
Identify one aspect of our celebration of the Triduum that is especially meaningful for you and reflect on why it has such great significance in your life.
In the coming weeks, take time to welcome the neophytes who were received into your parish community at the Easter Vigil. Do this in person or through written notes expressing your joy at their membership in the Body of Christ. Resolve to pray for these new parishioners throughout the Easter Season.