HOLY WEEK 2023 AND THE TRIDUUM
OUTDOOR STATIONS OF THE CROSS BY CANDLELIGHT Tuesday April 4th 7PM St James
MAUNDY THURSDAY: St John’s 7pm
GOOD FRIDAY WALK (with St Paul’s United) 10:30
GOOD FRIDAY SOLEMN SERVICE, Christ Church 2 pm
EASTER VIGIL St James, Saturday 8 PM
EASTER SUNDAY St John’s and Christ Church 9 am, St James 10:30 am
The Triduum or “Great Three Days” is marked each year by Christian all around the world. Maundy Thursday identifies the time when Jesus ate the Passover meal with His friends and disciples. The tradition of the Christian Eucharist is established on this day and the word Maundy is taken from the Latin phrase, ‘mandatum novum’ meaning a new commandment. In the gospel for today, Jesus says, ” A new commandment I give you, that you love one another.”
Good Friday is the day when we commemorate the arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus. For many Christian this is a difficult day, where we are encouraged to acknowledge not just the horrific events of the past, but also the brokenness of the world and our own vulnerabilities.
The Easter Vigil held on Saturday evening is when we light the new fire and celebrate the Easter service. It is a service that begins in darkness and ends in light.
On Easter Sunday we gather in joy to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. This is the most important day of the Christian year. Today Jesus has defeated death and given hope to us individually and to our world.