Toward the end of my second year of Philosophy I have had wonderful experiences in which I have learned a great deal, and one of them has been to live and serve during Holy Week. Here at Conception Seminary we had a delightful three day silent retreat as we approached the Easter Vigil. During this Holy Triduum we woke up early around dawn and saw the beautiful red sky when the sun had not come out yet. It gave us hope for a great day and enlightened us as we did our Morning Prayer. After that, we had a break to open our minds and relax before profound and rich conferences offered by monks and Bishops.
One of these conferences got into my heart as it explained that the Easter Triduum is a three-day commemoration, beginning with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and ending with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday. Although it extends over three days and through more than three liturgies, the Easter Triduum is a single celebration of God’s great deeds of salvation, accomplished finally and fully in Jesus’ passion, death, resurrection, ascension and sending of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, it is surely a celebration of the most solemn days of the entire Church year, the center and climax of all our prayers. The Scriptures, prayers and liturgical actions of these days call forth from us a surrender of ourselves to the loving mystery of our saving God.
Even though this was a very simple explanation, it made this Easter Triduum a special occasion. It assisted me to better understand and with greater openness of heart experience the Easter vigil, and I hope it helps you to live better this Easter 2015. Wishing you all a blessed and joyful Easter!