By Fr. Robert Solon, Jr.
The Triduum–the Sacred Three Days–is the most significant and solemn time of our year.
The Triduum–the Sacred Three Days–is the most significant and solemn time of our year. And it is nigh upon us, beginning tomorrow, Maundy Thursday, and ending after the Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday night or Sunday early.
Many have said a lot about Holy Week, and you can read as much about it online or elsewhere as you wish. There’s no dearth of words about this time. But I’d hope and suggest this: Don’t depend on the words. It does no good simply to know in one’s head that Jesus entered Jerusalem in Triumph, or that his last night on earth was the Thursday after, or that on Friday he was literally nailed to two planks of wood through his hands and feet. It’s not even good enough to youtube it or look at stills of it. It’s meant to be experienced, to be felt, touched, sung, smelled, tasted.
As Christians we know there is no Resurrection without Death.
As Christians we know there is no Resurrection without Death. There can be no Easter without Good Friday. So come journey the Way of the Cross with Our Lord. Recline with him on Thursday, wait with him in the garden, and go with him to that dread hill on Friday. Then and only then are you ready to lets your praises ring out in joy on Sunday.
The time for talking is nearly over. The words have been said. The schedules set. The music selected.
Now, it’s time to live it.