Updated: Monday, April 15th at 11:45 am
Spring Virtue Lesson – Week Six
Holy Week and the Triduum
Theme: Holy Week and the Triduum
The Triduum is a Latin word that means three days. It is the special name we give to Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday - the end of holy week.
At the celebration of the Passover with the Apostles, the Lord’s Supper was first celebrated.
Scripture Reading Mark 14:22-26
While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many. Amen, I say to you, I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” Then, after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
On Holy Thursday, we celebrate two very important traditions. The first is the washing of the feet. Christ washed the feet of his disciples, teaching us all to be servants to each other. The second is the first celebration of the Holy Eucharist where Christ consecrated (blessed and changed) the bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus Christ. Through the intercession (intervention) of the Holy Spirit, the priest changes the host and wine into the body and precious blood of Christ every day at Mass.
How can YOU celebrate Holy Thursday?
~Attend the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 pm at St. Susanna.
~or at 5:00 pm at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral downtown (Archbishop Schnurr celebrant)
~Read in the Bible as a family about the washing of the feet (John 13:1-15).
~Be a “servant” to someone in your home or an elderly neighbor for 20-30 minutes.
~Read in the Bible to your younger siblings the story of the first Holy Eucharist (found in Matthew 26, Mark 14, and Luke 22).
~Receive the Eucharist today, remembering to receive it with reverence and respect as this is not bread and wine, but Christ’s body and blood shed for us on the cross at the crucifixion.
This is the day we commemorate (remember) the suffering, crucifixion, and death of Jesus Christ.
Scripture Reading Luke 23:44-47
The death of Jesus. It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun. Then the veil of the temple was torn down the middle. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last. The centurion who witnessed what happened glorified God and said, “This man was innocent beyond doubt.”
On Good Friday, the entire church fixes her gaze on the cross. It is a solemn day in which we are united with Christ as we contemplate (think about) our own death to sin. The Church is stripped bare of its ornaments and altar cloth and there is no organ music or bells during the Liturgy of the Passion. There is veneration of the cross which is showing respect and adoration to what the cross truly means, Christ’s ultimate sacrifice. Some touch the cross, others kneel before it, while some kiss the cross. And we spend quiet time in prayer - as we try to fully comprehend the huge cost Christ paid to win our redemption; yes, Jesus suffered and died freely to save us from our own sins and death!
How can YOU celebrate Good Friday?
~You can attend the Liturgy of the Passion, held at noon and 7:00 pm at St. Susanna.
~As a family, you can attend Stations of the Cross, to remember the long and difficult suffering Jesus endured, held at 3:00 pm at St. Susanna.
~Read in the Bible to your family or younger siblings the story of Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross (found in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and John 19).
~Hold a small prayer service in your home, especially between the hours of noon and 3:00 pm.
~Pick an unpleasant job that you’ve been putting off for a long time, like cleaning the garage or your closet.
~Pick a period of silence in the home, where everyone is reading scripture, a devotional, or perhaps coloring activity pages of Jesus, the cross, or the Stations of the Cross.
The Triduum ends with Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil. This is considered the first official celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. If you have never attended this beautiful service, you and your family should definitely consider! It is truly the turning point of the Triduum, marking Christ’s passage from death to life. On this Holy night, candles are lit and the Church “keeps watch” for Jesus to return in the glory of his Resurrection. Also, we will be welcoming over 30 men, women, and children into our church through the Sacraments of Initiation! Symbols to watch for: white garments, the water for Baptism, candles including the Paschal candle, and the Sacred Chrism (blessed oil).
Questions: all grades
1. What are some of your family’s traditions during Holy Week and on Easter?
2. Do you have any new ideas or thoughts that you would like to do during the Triduum?
Closing Prayer to be shared with your team or family:
During this Holy Week, remind me the sacrifice and miracle of the Eucharist. Help me to understand the suffering and death you endured to save me. Be with me as I keep watch for you at the Resurrection on Easter. Keep my mind prayerful, my heart for service, and my eyes fixed on you. Amen.
May all have a blessed and prayerful Holy Week and Easter celebration.
“The key that opens the door to the Faith is prayer.” Pope Francis
Holy Thursday, April 18th
Good Friday, April 19th
Liturgy of the Passion: 12:00pm, 7:00pm
Stations of the Cross: 3:00 pm
Holy Saturday, April 20th
Easter Sunday, April 21st
7:00am, 9:00am, 11:15am
Each team that participates with the St. Susanna Athletic Boosters Ministry is required to complete a service project. Through working on the project with their teammates and coaches, we hope that each child will grow in their love for others and Jesus Christ. These projects not only help the children in acquiring the personal attributes of courage, respect, commitment and selflessness, they also help them to be formed in the virtues of Faith, Hope, Love and Charity- thus fulfilling our promise to love and serve the Lord as a part of our Catholic Faith.
Each team picks a project coordinator (parent) to assist with organization of the project. This parent volunteer communicates the team’s project information to the Boosters service project coordinator as soon as the project is selected.
Find a project that is a good fit for the team! Please pick dates to include coach’s availability.
Please include: Date of project, project name, and then once completed- pictures if possible.
For questions regarding projects not listed, please contact the Boosters service project coordinator and she will discuss with Father Eric for approval.
Service Project Coordinator: Julie Connell firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on links below for approved service project ideas!