#Triduum

Triduum Day 3: Holy Saturday

After the startling events of Good Friday, Holy Saturday dawns quietly on the third day of the Triduum. It’s a day to remain in the tomb and await the biggest event in the Christian calendar – celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. However, for some special people, called “Elect” and “Candidates” in the RCIA process, anticipation  occupies all of their thoughts on Holy Saturday. Tonight, they will be initiated into the Catholic Church at the great Easter Vigil, the most dramatic and joyful event of the year.  Like Jesus, they are ready to rise from the tomb of their past lives and be created anew. During the Vigil, we are all reminded of this shared destiny. The tomb, then, becomes a birthing place. Through Jesus, death no longer has power over us!

We invite you to come and join us as we celebrate the Great Easter Vigil beginning at 8:00 p.m. This is a three hour liturgy that includes the reception of the sacraments of initiation. If you cannot be there or are confined, we invite you to watch our live broadcast by going to http://stedward.com/stedcast/ (This  liturgy will also be archived on our YouTube channel for later viewing).

by DC

Triduum Day 2: Good Friday

We enter today into the most solemn day of the Triduum – the commemoration of the death of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. We call these short but history-changing hours, the “Passion” of Jesus. The word comes from the Latin,”passio” which means passive. Up until this point, Jesus’ public life was just the opposite – He actively gave his life away by healing, miracle-working and preaching. Then, at the appointed time, he passively, but intentionally, laid down his life. No one took it from him. Rather, in a selfless and unparalleled act of love, Jesus offered his very death as a gift for all humanity.

We invite you to join with our community as we commemorate the events of Good Friday in two different liturgies: the traditional Celebration of the Lord’s Passion at 12:00 noon  and/or Lamentations at 7:00 p.m., a modern reflection on Good Friday. If you cannot be there or know someone who is confined, watch our live  or archived broadcast by going to:;http://stedward.com/stedcast/

by DC

Triduum Day 1: Holy Thursday

Today the universal Church enters into the Easter Triduum – three days when we shift our focus to the most important events in the life of Christ and thus in our lives too. We come face-to-face this first day with the great “mandatum,” or  mandate of love and servant leadership given by Jesus at the Last Supper. What a shock it must have been for the apostles when Jesus interrupted the Passover dinner (something they were very familiar with) to wash their feet. Peter protested at first, not understanding the symbolism of the servile act.  Clearly, the statement was made – unless we are willing to serve others in a very graphic way, kneeling at their feet, we don’t get what it really means to follow Jesus.

Join with the St. Edward the Confessor community as we experience the Washing of the Feet, and celebrate the Institution of the Eucharist at the Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 P.M.   If you cannot be present tonight or know someone who is confined, we invite you to watch our live or archived broadcast:  http://stedward.com/stedcast/

by DC