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On The Road To Perfection
Episode 91: The Triduum

Mom and Dad talk about the three days before Easter, the Triduum, and their importance in our faith. What happens on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday? Why do certain things happen on these days that don’t happen at any other time of the year? This podcast will help you learn just what we do during the Triduum.

Holy Thursday, the first day of the Triduum is the day we commemorate the first celebration of the Holy Eucharist. It is the Day Jesus instituted Holy Communion, the Mass, and the words of consecration. This is also the day that Jesus began HIs Agony in the Garden, when he prays for the Will of the Father to be done and also for strength to face the task he was meant to perform since the Fall of Man.

We all ask for God to give us strength, or to ease our burden, but we often ask for it selfishly. We ask God to have someone else do the quarterly review, to pay the bills, or provide for the groceries. But ultimately it falls to us. Jesus had the strength to ask not for a replacement, but for assistance. He knew He had to do it, and all He asked for from the Father was help using the strength He had.

The Second Day of the Triduum is Good Friday, the day all the prophecies and promises are fulfilled. Jesus saves the world, he conquers death and Satan, and he frees us from the sin of Adam and Eve, and brings new hope to the world. It is the climax of the Triduum. Jesus sacrifices himself to save untold numbers of people through the ages.

We remember this day with a somber joy. We know that God and Man have conquered death, but at the painful cost of hanging from a tree. We know the day was good, but we all feel the guilt of sin as we crucify Christ for our own selfish ends. But we also know that without Jesus’ sacrifice, we would never have been freed from the bonds of sin. This is what makes Good Friday good.

The third day of the Triduum, Holy Saturday, as Dad says, is eerily quiet. Not just at church, but in our homes and hearts as well. I’m not one to get excited by holidays, but my younger brother is, and every Holy Saturday he’s quiet. Not on July 3rd, not Christmas Eve, but Holy Saturday has this feeling of waiting, of quiet impatient anticipation.

Jesus, be my distraction

Links:

The USCCB article on the Triduum