Holy Week – Triduum

I love the Triduum. The 3-act drama celebrating the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord is my favorite time of the year.

It is grueling, through, particularly for our priests, who have extensive meetings and extra Masses with the Bishops this week (for this is the week we also remember how Christ established the Holy Priesthood) I didn’t get to go to a chrism Mass this year, over which I’m rather disappointed.

For me, the work begins this evening, with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. It’s a bilingual Triduum, and the combined choirs are splitting off the music between us. The “Anglo” choir is not doing much tonight, but Father did as me to lead the Pange, Lingua and Tantum Ergo.

My friend Stephanie pointed out a couple weeks ago that the Enemy of our souls, Satan, really hates this time of year and works overtime to trip us up and cause us suffering and temptation. I had never thought of it before, but this year it’s quite clear she’s right.

Could it be in part because this year I’m engaged in a 54-day novena, the first of which ends… on Good Friday?

This means, to me, that we are particularly obligated to hold one another up during this Holy Season. Even when I don’t “feel” like it, even when I’m convinced I’m a loser and a dope and when I feel like I’m on the brink of craziness, I will pray for you. God bless and keep you – may He be glorified through us.

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