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Prayer List

  • Mary Alice Albert (wife of Ron)
  • Patti Brandt (wife of Bob)
  • Ruth Brecken (Wife of Dick)
  • Tim Burke
  • Jim Dixon
  • Azelia Efferson (wife of Joe)
  • Eleanor Favrot (Mother-in-law of Ed Aucoin)
  • Evelyn and Marshal Garrison
  • Mike Garstecki
  • Dana Gieringer (Daaughter-in-Law of Deacon Wally)
  • Julie Gill (Sister of John Combes)
  • Patricia Goodson (Wife of Jim)
  • Sarah Haselow (granddaughter of Larry Cruz)
  • Steve Hasty (Son-in-Law of Jim Goodson)
  • Frank Heverly
  • Betty Hoepner (wife of Richard)
  • Bill Janser
  • Damian Janush (son of deceased Sir Knight Joe)
  • Georgia Janush (wife of deceased Sir Knight Joe)
  • Billy Jones
  • Fred Jungers
  • Wayne Kapple
  • Cliff & Bernie Kernen
  • Patricia Khuen (wife of deceased Knight James)
  • Scott Krantz
  • Richard Kroetz
  • Marianne and Al Kuhn
  • Lucine Lakebrink (Wife of Mike)
  • Cynthia LaMont (wife of Ken Silvers)
  • Trey Lucas (grandson of Mike Garstecki)
  • Marcie Margel (wife of deceased Sir Knight John)
  • Jim McDade
  • Elizabeth McGee (daughter of Buddy Dixon)
  • Bob and Betty Mierzwiak
  • Walter Mitchell
  • Mike Murphy
  • Judie Pearson (wife of deceased Sir Knight Tom)
  • Ida Porterfield (wife of Clyde)
  • Dianne Prescott (wife of Don)
  • Bob & Norma Rodgers
  • Rich Ronneau (Brother-in-Law of Mike Botkin)
  • Marty Schnoebelin (Wife of Randy)
  • Albert Sevigny (Cousin of Art Morissette)
  • Dorothy Sobczak (wife of deceased Sir Knight Casimer)
  • Molly Spaniel (Daughter of Milt)
  • Jim Staudt
  • Tom and Marge Thornton
  • Virginia Vereecke (wife of Norman)
  • Marilyn Wietlispach (wife of Carmen)
  • Connie Wilson (wife of Gordon)
  • Eileen Woods (Mother-in-Law of Deacon John Froning)

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The Triduum
The Triduum
The “Paschal Triduum” used to refer to the feast days of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, has been a relatively recent expression, however, at the end of the fourth century, Saint Ambrose already spoke of a Triduum Sacrum referring to the different elements of Christ’s Paschal Mystery, the passion, death, and ressurection.

Impelled by the historical significance of the death of Christ, the early Church sought the need to celebrate liturgically this salvific event.  A memorial rite was installed in accordance with the express desire of our Lord that the Paschal Mystery be sacramentally renewed.

During the early phases of the life of the Church, Easter was celebrated cyclically starting with the Eucharistic Assembly commemorated on the first day of the week, the day of the Resurrection of our Lord (dominicus dies) on Easter Sunday.  Soon after in the second century, one Sunday during the year was reserved specifically for the celebration of this salvific mystery of Christ.

By this time, the Church began to celebrate more systematically the Paschal Triduum when it formally started to relive historically the mysteries of Christ’s life, starting in Jerusalem, where the Passion and Resurrection of Christ actually took place.

In addition, the dogmatic and liturgical response of the orthodoxy to the Arian heresy during that time caused a renewed attention of the faithful towards the person of Jesus Christ (Son of God and Son of Mary) and his historical figure.

Each celebration of the Paschal Triduum contains its particular nature;: the afternoon of Holy Thursday commemorates the institution of the Eucharist; Good Friday is dedicated especially to the Passion and Death of Jesus on the Cross; on Black Saturday, the Church meditates the repose of Jesus in the sepulcher.  Finally, in the Paschal Vigil, the faithful relive the glory of the Resurrection.

Holy Thursday

Vespertine Mass in Cena Domini (The evening Mass of the Last Supper) formally opens the Paschal Triduum.  The Church of Jerusalem, in the fourth century, already started celebrating the commemorative Eucharist of the Last Supper and the institution of the sacrament of the Holy Sacrifice on the Cross:

In the beginning, this celebration was originally observed in Golgotha, in the Marytrium Basilica, at the foot of the Cross, which confirms the intimate relation of the Eucharistic celebration with the Holy Sacrifice on the Cross.

At the end of the fourth century, many Western churches adopted this tradition.  However, it was not until the seventh century when the earliest Roman testimonies about the celebration were discovered. 

Good Friday: Celebration of the Passion of our Lord

Good Friday commemorates the Passion and Death of Christ.  Two documents from the third century (the Traditio Apostolica of Saint Hippolytus and the Didaskalia Apostolorum) give testimony to the common practice of the early Christians of fasting on the Friday and Saturday that precede the Paschal Vigil.

However, it was not until the fourth century, in Jerusalem, when the first liturgical celebrations of the Passion of our Lord were held: a whole day was allotted for prayer; a procession of the faithful was held from the Cenacle (the place where the column of the Flagellation is also venerated) to Golgotha, where the bishop presented the wooden Cross.  In different stations during the procession, Passion narratives were read, along with other prayers and psalms.

The oldest testimonies that describe the liturgy on Good Friday in Rome date back to the seventh century.  They point to two distinct traditions: the Gelasian Sacramentary (priest’s texts used for celebrating the Eucharist and Adoration of the Cross, Liturgy of the Word, and Presanctified Liturgy) and the Gregorian Sacramentary (Papal liturgy, limited to biblical readings and universal prayers). 

Black Saturday

In the early centuries of the Church, Black Saturday was observed as a whole day of absolute fasting as preparation for the Paschal feast.  However, starting from the 16th century, with the anticipation of the Vigil on Saturday morning, the liturgical significance of the practice has been lost.  Its original meaning was recovered with the help of the reforms done in the Church in modern times (20th century).  Black Saturday should be a day of intense prayer for the faithful as they accompany Jesus in silence at the Holy Sepulcher. 

Paschal Vigil

The liturgical celebration of the Pasch of our Lord can be found in the very core of Christian worship.  Since the time of the Apostles, the Christians weekly commemorated the Resurrection of our Lord through the Sunday Eucharistic Assembly.

Moreover, in the second century, the Church started celebrating a feast to serve as an actual remembrance of the Passover, although expressed through distinct traditions: one that commemorates the Passion (celebrated on the 14th day of Nissan, the Jewish lunar calendar) and that of the Resurrection (celebrated on the Sunday after the 14th of Nissan, day of the Resurrection of our Lord).  The latter tradition had been practiced in the Church since the early third century.

The Easter Vigil, during the holy night when Christ rose from the dead, (Saint Augustine calls this the “Mother of all vigils”) closes the Holy Triduum and starts the Easter Season, celebrating the glory of the Resurrection of our Lord.  This single event encloses the mystery of Christ the Savior and the saved Christian.  Also during the ceremony of the Easter Vigil, the baptism of catechumenates is held.

As indicated by Saint Augustine in his Sermons (220-221), the celebration of the Holy Vigil should be done during the night in such a way that it ends right before the early morning of Sunday.

The Triduum, culminating with the Easter Vigil, is the absolute highlight of Holy Mother Church's Liturigical Year.  Let us all try to walk every step of the way with Christ this year; from the point where He instituted servant leadership by washing His Disciples feet, to His Horrific walk up the Via dela Rosa to His death, to the miracle of the resurrection, where all death was defeated.