The Easter Triduum: A Celebration of our Catholic Identity
Today begins the holiest and most important time of the Church year — the Easter Triduum. It commemorates the heart of our faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Sacred Triduum begins with Holy Thursday, which marks the end of the forty days of Lent and the beginning of the three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday.
The Triduum liturgies teach us the meaning of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.The richness of the rituals and symbols help us to experience the mysteries of Jesus’ final hours, His passion, suffering — and His rising from the dead. In a special way, during these three days,we come together as God’s people to remember the saving act of Jesus, the miracle of His resurrection – and to celebrate our faith and identity as Catholics. Because Christ was willing to die for our sins and was raised from the dead, death is no longer the end of life for us. It is the beginning of a new life in Him.