Easter Triduum

Lent ends as we enter the great Easter Triduum, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Saturday Easter vigil.

Holy Thursday

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Historically, rather than being a service of its own, Tenebræ was a method of praying Matins and Lauds on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Matins consisted of three divisions called nocturns, each containing three psalms and three lessons (the lessons for Holy Thursday and Good Friday were from the Lamentations of Jeremiah). Six candles were lighted on the altar, in front of which… (More here)

Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying,

“This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you. (Luke 22:19-20)

Tenebrae Meditation (short)

The Dominican House of Studies /Tenebrae

Francios Mauriac is the great French author of Holy Thursday. The first chapter can be read here .

Good Friday:

The Lord by Romano Guardini.

Msgr. Guardini writes of the Last Supper, “It is the Son of God breaking bread with fallen Man..this is the unfathomable mystery of the last Supper.”

Then, on Good Friday, The Crucifixion, Msgr. Guardini writes,

“The plunge from God towards the void which Man in his revolt had begun, Christ undertook in love. ..No one was ever punished for sin as He was, The Sinless One. No one ever experienced the plunge down the the vacuum of evil as did God’s Son…’My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?’ …He penetrated the absolute nothingness from which the re-creatio of those already created (but falling from the source of true life into nothingness) was to emerge, the new heaven, the new earth.”

Good Friday in art? Look here

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Good Friday music?

mater-dolorosa.jpgStabat Mater. There are many recordings that you can download.

Examination of conscience? Guideline here.

Holy Saturday

Notice in the icon of the Mater Dolorosa above that there is a linen cloth draped over the cross. For centuries Catholics knew that a cloth that had been wrapped around the head of Jesus before Joseph of Arimathea was given permission to take the body of the King of the Jews down from the cross. Have you realized there were TWO cloths mentioned in Scripture? One is thought to be the Shroud of Turin. What of the other?”

This is that “other cloth” described in the Gospel of John 20:5-8, ” 5 And when he stooped down, he saw the linen cloths lying: but yet he went not in. 6 Then cometh Simon Peter, following him, and went into the sepulchre: and saw the linen cloths lying, 7 And the napkin that had been about his head, not lying with the linen cloths, but apart, wrapped up into one place. 8 Then that other disciple also went in, who came first to the sepulchre: and he saw and believed.

This second cloth is the Sudarium of Oviedo. After centuries of forgetfulness, a scholarly priest in Rome, Msgr. Ricci, realized that the ancient Cloth of Oviedo must be similar to the Shroud. Studies began in the 1960s, Today we know that these two cloths were wrapped around the same body.lamentation_at_the_tomb.jpg

Thanks to Mark Guscin I have have seen the Cloth of Oveido, the Sudarium of Christ. I wrote about it for Crisis Magazine here.

And for WorldNetDaily, here, and here .

Here is Greek icon of Jesus descending into the “Limbo of the Fathers” (Greek)

“He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. …” What did Jesus do there? (see Catechism of the Catholic Church # 631-637)

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Have a holy and blessed Easter!

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2 Responses

  1. Your new blog has become my favorite.. Thank you.

  2. lets hope your recommendations can erase the lack of *something* at the tre ore i attended today. have a blessed easter. and thanks for this post.

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