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The Triduum begins with Holy Thursday and ends with the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday. 
The Triduum is the culmination of our Christian belief. 
It is during the Triduum that we celebrate the Paschal Mysteries of Christ's suffering, death and resurrection.




Holy Thursday
Prayer to Appreciate the Mass

O Lord Jesus, 
in order that the merits of your sacrifice
on the Cross
might be applied to every soul of all time,
you willed that it should be renewed
upon the altar.

At the Last Supper, you said:
"Do this in remembrance of me."
By these words
you gave your apostles and their successors
the power to consecrate
and to the command to do what you yourself did.


I believe that the Mass is
both a sacrifice and a memorial-
reenacting your passion, death and resurrection.
Help me to realize that the Mass
is the greatest gift of God to us
and our greatest gift to God.


Good Friday
Prayer of Love for the Crucified Lord

O Jesus, 
it is not the heavenly reward you have promised
which impels me to love you;
neither is it the threat of hell
that keeps me from offending you.


It is you O Lord,
it is the sight of you
affixed to the Cross and suffering insults;
it is the sight of your broken body,
as well as your pains and your death.


There is nothing you can give me
to make me love you.
For even if there were no heaven and no hell
I would still love you as I do!



Holy Saturday
Prayer to Be Joined with Christ in Death

O Lord,
your sorrowing Mother stood by your Cross;
help us in our sorrows
to share your sufferings.
Like the seed buried in the ground,
you have produced the harvest of eternal life for us;
make us always dead to sin and alive to God.
Shepard of all,
in death you remained hidden from the world;
teach us to love our hidden spiritual life
with you and the Father.


In your role as the new Adam,
you went down among the dead
to release all the just there since the beginning;
grant that all who are dead in sin
may hear your voice and rise to new life.
Son of the living God,
you have allowed us through baptism
to be buried with you;
grant that we may also rise with you in baptism and walk in newness of life.

Easter Vigil
Prayer of Praise

Praised be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
he who in his great mercy gave us new birth;
a birth unto hope which draws its life
from the resurrection of Jesus Christ
from the dead;
a birth to an imperishable inheritance,
incapable of fading or defilement,
which is kept in heaven for you
who are granted with God's power through faith;
a birth to a salvation which stands ready
to be revealed in the last days.

1 Peter 1:3-5

  Prayers are from the New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book, Catholic Book Publishing Co. New York 1999  




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