I received the reference book in eighth grade, from a dear family friend, for my Confirmation. I turn to it when I have practical questions, not when I need spiritual encouragement. I look to it for information, not inspiration. I was surprised, then, when I recently stumbled upon a lovely little phrase. The Triduum, it said, is that “to which all leads and from which all flows.” The Triduum’s power and beauty, it seemed, had seeped into even the dullest, driest texts.
The Triduum, according to the Catholic tradition, refers to the three holy days before Easter. It begins with sunset on Holy Thursday and ends at sunset on Holy Saturday. It commemorates the Last Supper and the lengthy Passion, and it concludes as the celebration of the resurrection begins.
For Christians, these events are truly “to which all leads and from which all flows.” Each of them reveals a different component of Christ’s identity and our salvation.
The power and beauty of these events can seep into the driest, darkest, and dirtiest of hearts. It can revive them. It can restore them. It can resurrect them.
After forty long days of Lent, I am eagerly anticipating the Triduum. I am looking forward to meditating on these sacred events. On each day of the Triduum, I will post a short reflection here on the blog. I invite you to join me to more fully experience and embrace these highest holy days.
As that dry reference book stated, the events surrounding Christ’s dying and rising are “to which all leads and from which all flows.” They are the core of our faith, and their commemoration can revive our faith. My hope is that, come Easter Sunday, we will all better appreciate not just the power and beauty of these events but the power and beauty of our God.