Beginning on Palm Sunday, Holy Week follows the final week of the life of Jesus before his death and resurrection. During this week, we observe increased devotion through fasting, prayer, scripture reading, and worship. The Triduum, specifically, is the three-day observance, remembrance, and celebration of the "Christ event," the suffering, death, and resurrection held together.
Below, you will find direction for how to enter more deeply into the story of Christ's passion.
Credit: Church of the Incarnation, Dallas
This is the day of the Last Supper, when Christ washed the feet of the disciples and gave them the commandment to love one another. On this night, Jesus was betrayed by Judas and all his disciples fled, leaving him alone.
On this day, Christ suffered and died on the cross. This is, on the one hand, the day of his greatest shame and humiliation. On the other hand, he says this is "my hour," the task for which he became man. He dies in our place for our sins.
When Christ is buried physically, the church teaches that he experiences the fullness of death and the grave. He plunders the grave, taking with him those who died in faith previously, and granting them entrance to the Kingdom.
On the night before his resurrection, the church has historically kept watch with prayer, scripture reading, and prayer. In this time the beginning of new life is proclaimed as new believers were baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.