Reason for the Season: Sacred Paschal Triduum
April 7, 2012
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCKzD8ozN0s] Continuing their series Reason for the Season, the Irish Dominicans have made a video that explains the major liturgies of the Sacred Paschal Triduum with some theological reflections based on how the Church enters into those liturgies and celebrates Christ’s mysteries. Beginning with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Triduum takes us to the Upper Room where Christ gave His Body and Blood and then washed His disciples feet. He then proceeded to Gethsemane where we too are able to go as we spend time in Eucharistic Adoration. On Good Friday, the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord allows us to go to Calvary where we enter into the death of Christ and are given the chance to venerate His Cross, which was His tool to fashion our salvation. On Holy Saturday, the Church waits in silence as Christ is in the tomb. This silence breaks with the jubilant Exsultet at the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night. The Light of Lights has conquered death, and the Alleluia is heard for the first time in over 40 days. The celebration of Easter continues not only on Easter Sunday, but it also lasts for 50 days until Pentecost.