A Word from Laura: “Easter Triduum”

“Easter Triduum” (Latin) = the period of three days lasting from Maundy Thursday evening to Easter Sunday morning

I always thought “triduum” sounded more like a prescription for sinuses or a mensa level board game, but as you read this, chances are you are in the midst of the Easter triduum.  This Roman Catholic emphasis on the three days together reminds faithful folk that we don’t magically arrive at the empty tomb, that Jesus goes through great trials, torture, and suffering to get there.

At Western we will celebrate the triduum with dinner and the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday, noontime observance and prayers stations on Good Friday, and one service Easter morning, complete with our Hospitality Hour, an egg hunt and the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.  (And a bird told me it’s also Gaston’s birthday…)

I hope you’ll be able to celebrate the triduum with Western, but if you are gone, or if you can’t make it to some of it, here are some on-line devotional resources for observing.  The pray as you go podcast grows out of the Ignatian (Jesuit) traditions an is also an app you can listen to anywhere you can play mp3 files.  d365 is a combination of music and written word reflecting on Holy Week, sponsored by several mainline denominations.  And our UCC brothers and sisters have a written daily Stillspeaking Devotional.

Perhaps you have on-line resources you would like to share.  I hope you’ll share them with our Facebook page.

Wherever you find yourself this week, may you find time and ways to reflect on Jesus’s first triduum.  May you also discover him accompanying you on your walk through faith and life.

Giving thanks for these three days, and for the coming resurrection,