Triduum – Three days of prayer
Join us at the Chapel this week for a full schedule of liturgy marking the last days, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus.
Maundy Thursday: 6pm (Soup meal) – 7pm liturgy
Good Friday: 7pm liturgy
Saturday Vigil: 9pm liturgy & midnight afterparty
Easter Sunday: 10:30 am (come early for pastries & coffee)
Since at least the 4th century, Christians have used three days for a passover festival — Pascua (Spanish), Easter (English). It’s one liturgy spread out over three days — Maundy Thursday (March 24th), Good Friday (March 25th), and the first Eucharist at the Easter Vigil (March 26th).
The liturgy of the Triduum (three days) begins on Maundy Thursday with an act of confession and absolution that concludes the season of Lent and prepares everyone for baptismal renewal of Easter. We have revived the practice of the footwashing, reiterating Jesus’ sign of communal love. Mandatum, the command to love, is the source of the term Maundy. The Eucharist recalls Jesus’ last meal with his disciples before his death. The service concludes with a stripping of the worship space of all adornment, in preparation for Good Friday.
The Good Friday liturgy invites everyone gathered to show reverence for the cross, on which was hung the Savior of the whole world. In reverencing the cross, in bringing a rough-hewn instrument of death into the room, we are not giving praise to death and destruction. Quite the opposite. By drawing near this cross, we recall that much of the world is on a cross, also suffering and dying. When we show honor to this wood, we pray for all who are in pain.
Forgotten by most Christians for about 1400 years, the Easter Vigil is being restored to its place as the central worship service of the year. We gather outside to light the great fire, praising the risen Christ as our light. We unveil a new paschal candle designed for the occasion by Jill Salmon and sing for the first time a new Exultet, commissioned from Ricky Manalo. Then, we sit to hear beloved stories, inspiring poems, and delightful tales about the story of salvation — God’s activity in the world through “all the wrong people,” or as Pr. Nadia has said, God’s “accidental saints.” We splash in the water of the font and thank God for baptism. We process around the block pausing to sing about the saints and return to hear ancient words from Hippolytus. And finally we conclude our three-day Triduum liturgy with a homily by Sara Schultz and Eucharist around a table where we use a prayer of thanksgiving from Martin Espada (from the Anti-racism symposium), and once more utter a word buried in our hearts since the beginning of Lent — our Alleluia song of praise. Don’t forget to bring brunch foods for the Vigil Afterparty!
And finally, on Sunday morning at we gather at 10:30 am for our second celebration of the Resurrection using the ancient practice of Hippolytus of Rome (eucharist with bread, wine, milk & honey, cheese, water, oil, and olives). Bring bells with you to ring every time we speak again the word we have given up during Lent!