Easter Triduum – 2017
The significance of Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection is the central focus of Christian worship. The Triduum services are closely connected with one another, in fact we observe them as one continuous service. The Easter Triduum begins with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday, observes the somber moments of the death of Jesus, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes on Easter Sunday.
Triduum (pronounced TRIH-doo-um) means “three days.
You are invited to attend all the services of the Triduum and experience the promises of the crucified, buried, and risen Lord.
Maundy Thursday – 7pm
The theme of Maundy Thursday is Jesus new command to His disciples to “love one another.” The institution of the Lord’s Supper and the washing of feet set forth the depth of Jesus’ love. Maundy Thursday marks the end of Lent. The action of stripping the altar prepares the chancel and the congregation for Good Friday.
Good Friday – Noon and 7pm
Good Friday is the middle service of the Triduum. We prepared for this service by hearing Jesus’ words of love and communion with us at Maundy Thursday. In turn, this service leads into the Easter Vigil. The absence of a benediction in the previous evening and again on Good Friday underscores the connectedness of the Triduum. Good Friday is not a funeral for Jesus, but a celebration of the Lamb and his perfect sacrifice for our sins. The services on this day are highly meditative and are celebrated simply and not hurried.
Easter Vigil – Saturday at 7pm
The climax of the Triduum is the Vigil of Easter, a service of watching and waiting which utilizes prayer, Scripture, and hymns. The word vigil means “keep watch.” This service has four parts: 1) Service of Light 2) Service of Lessons 3) Service of Holy Baptism 4) The Service of Holy Communion. In the ancient Church, this service began on Saturday and continued through to Easter Dawn. It was at dawn that the cry rang out: “Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!”
At St. Paul, our vigil, does not continue until dawn, but it does conclude with the first shouts of the Easter Acclamation. The vigil is the first celebration of the resurrection of Christ from the dead, much like Christmas Eve is the first celebration of Christmas.
Festival of the Resurrection of our Lord – Sunday at 8am, 9:30am, and 11am
On Easter Sunday our congregation gathers around the promise that the tomb is empty and that Jesus is risen, just as He said. We join Christians around the world in the celebration that the evil foe of death has been defeated.