The Easter Triduum, the three solemn days – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday night), is the celebration of the Christian Passover. As with all the great feasts of the Church, the celebration begins at dusk on Holy Thursday with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. On Good Friday, the first full day of the Triduum, we gather to remember the Lord’s Passion and Death. Saturday is a day of quiet reflection on the Entombment of Christ as we wait, like the disciples, for news of the resurrection. And finally, on Saturday night we gather in vigil to hear the great news that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer, is not dead, but is risen from the grave. The Triduum liturgy ends with Evening Prayer on Easter day.
The Triduum is at the heart and soul of our Christian faith, commemorating the triumph of God’s love over darkness and death. It’s the fullest ritual expression of what it means to be a Christian (Dan Schutte). It is the journey of faith that truly shows us that death is not the end. As we embrace our crosses and go through suffering in our various situations in life, Christ’s resurrection is and will always be our victory.