Holy Thursday

The Great Triduum of the Church Begins
‘Triduum’ comes from the Latin word for ‘three days’. The Easter Triduum begins with Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, reaches its peak moment in the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night and concludes with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday. These three days represent the high-point of our entire year as Christians. The Easter Triduum is to the year what Sunday is to
the week.
The Triduum can be viewed as one moment of celebration that unfolds over the course of three days. Here we meet the deepest mysteries of our faith in some of the most unique rituals of the Church. In these liturgies we celebrate and re-insert ourselves into the Paschal Mystery of the life, death and resurrection of Christ. This is our faith, poured out before us and within us.

Mass of the Lord’s Supper
At the heart of Holy Thursday is Jesus’ command to serve others, modelled by Jesus in the washing of feet and the gift of himself in the Eucharist. ‘Do this in memory’ is a call to us as members of the Christian community to be a Eucharistic people. This means not only receiving the precious gift of Christ in the Eucharist but living Eucharist in our daily actions of care and service to one another.

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