The Easter Triduum begins with the Vigil of Holy Thursday. It marks the end of the forty days of Lent and the beginning of the three-day celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council reminded us of the extraordinary significance of the Triduum : “Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his paschal mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore the Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year.”
These last Forty Days were a time of preparation for these great Three days, which is what Triduum means. These three days lead us to an empty tomb and an Octave, eight days, of celebrating the Resurrection. They also introduce an entire liturgical season, the Easter Season, which lasts for Fifty days until Pentecost.
We hope that you will join us tomorrow night as we begin The Easter Triduum.
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m.
Followed by the Repose of the Blessed Sacrament in the Library then at the Rectory until 12:00 a.m.
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Stations of the Cross at 2:00 p.m.
Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, Communion Service at 3:00 p.m.
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Easter Vigil Mass, Vigil of the Resurrection of the Lord at 8:00 p.m.
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Resurrection of the Lord at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
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Please note that all take place in St. Cecilia’s Gym, except for the
Repose of the Blessed Sacrament,
please look above under Holy Thursday for details.
In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day of prayer for women and men in consecrated life. This celebration is attached to the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on February 2nd. This Feast is also known as Candlemas Day; the day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the light of the world. So too, those in consecrated life are called to reflect the light of Jesus Christ to all peoples. The celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life is transferred to the following Sunday in order to highlight the gift of consecrated persons for the whole Church.
Pope Francis, this past Wednesday, asked people to pray for all those in Religious and Consecrated Life, who have been called to profess the evangelical counsels.
He was speaking on Wednesday during his General Audience, in anticipation of Thursday’s celebration of the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which as we stated, is also the World Day of Consecrated Life.
“I ask you to pray for the priests, sisters, and brothers belonging to contemplative and apostolic Religious Institutes,” Pope Francis said. “Their life dedicated to the Lord, and their charismatic service, will bear abundant fruit for the good of the faithful, and for the evangelizing mission of the Church.”
The Holy Father asked the faithful to pray that “through their witness of life, they may radiate to the world the love of Christ and the grace of the Gospel.”
Here, in the Archdiocese of Toronto, we are blessed to have more than 900 religious men and women from about 100 different congregations serving in the Archdiocese. The World Day for Consecrated Life is a wonderful opportunity for us to thank God for the gifts of these religious sisters, brothers and priests and to pray for God’s blessing upon them in their efforts to faithfully live the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.