It brings to a close the forty days of Lent and the beginning of the three days marking the Passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday.
These past forty day have been a time of preparation for the Triduum.
Holy Thursday recalls Jesus’ last supper with His disciples when He instituted the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and the Holy Orders of the Priesthood.
Good Friday commemorates Jesus’ suffering and death and we venerate the Holy Cross on which hung the Saviour of the world.
“The Cross of Christ is a symbol of divine love and of human injustice”
“Christians must respond to evil with good, taking the Cross upon themselves as Jesus did… Let us walk together along the way of the Cross and let us do so carrying in our hearts this world of love and forgiveness.” Pope Francis
The Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday celebrate Jesus’ glorious resurrection and triumph over death.
These next days are of extraordinary significance as the Second Vatican Council reminded us:
“Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore the Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year.”
These past forty days lead us to an Octave, eight days, of celebrating the Resurrection. They also introduce an entire liturgical season, Easter, which lasts for fifty days until Pentecost.
O sacred banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of his passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given us.”
St Thomas Aquinas.
“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”
Pope John Paul II
Wishing you all the blessings of a very Happy Easter.