The Triduum: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

By: Deacon Marques Silva

Family gatherings are a particularly joy-filled event for me. I get to catch-up on how everyone is doing (sometimes what they are doing) as well as spending some quality time with family. Inevitably, an aunt or uncle will say, “Remember when……” and all the nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws (and out-laws) will gather around to hear the tale. We laugh, smile, sometimes even cry remembering our loved ones whom we have lost but always, in the end, embrace and give thanks for each other and for…remembering. Holy Week is like that for Christians. In fact, we have a special word for it: anamnesis.

The Greek word literally means to “call to mind’ or “recollect.” Among Catholic and Orthodox Christians, the word anamnesis is connected to the consecration of the bread and wine which then are transubstantiated into the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus. It is literally the prayer of remembrance in which the family of God calls to mind the Lord’s passion, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. It is the high point of the Divine Liturgy that re-collects our thoughts and focuses us on recalling that what Christ did visibly on earth, He continues to do invisibly through the Eucharist. Holy Week is an extended anamnesis.

Cross

Now, I realize that sometimes it is difficult to see the golden thread that links all the days of the Triduum together – except as a piece of ancient history. The question from my kids and the teens I work with is how do we enter into this “recollection” and apply it is us. After much thought, prayer, and exegesis (yuck!), I thought I would offer a few thoughts and meditations to assist you along the way. My hope is that they will draw you deep into the saga and the greatest love story ever known that we call Holy Week.

My Preparation for the Triduum:

Spy Wednesday

Christ Prepares for a Battle to the Death

Holy Thursday Morning: Anointed For Battle

Holy Thursday Evening: Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Sustenance for the Battle

Engaged in Mortal Combat

Good Friday

Apparent Victory actually Spells Defeat

Holy Saturday: Apparent Victory has the Smell of Defeat

Easter Vigil: The Song of victory in the Stillness of the Night

Lord is a Warrior and Warrior is His Name

The Easter Garden: Death = Victory

This post originally appeared on Deacon Silva’s personal blog, The Q Continuum

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