The Weekly Triduum

We celebrate a “Weekly Triduum” in memory of the three holy days, culminating in the celebration of the Resurrection on Sunday.

On Thursday night, we meditate on the infinite love of Jesus in the Eucharist, and we keep Him company in Gethsemane through night-long quiet adoration.

On Friday night, we come together around the table to welcome the peace and blessing of Shabbat, using a domestic liturgy in which we borrow elements of the Jewish tradition and sing psalms and songs in Hebrew. In communion with our Jewish brethren we recall God’s work of Creation. We give thanks and contemplate the work of Redemption accomplished by Jesus, Israel’s Messiah.

On Saturday, the seventh day of the week, we unite ourselves to the Virgin Mary who did not lose hope, even during the hour of darkness. With her, we await the hour when Christ will reveal His victory over evil.

On Sunday, the day of the Resurrection, our week of prayer reaches its summit. On Saturday night we enter into this mystery with a solemn celebration of Vespers. We prolong our joy and gratitude with a festive meal and Israeli dances.

Sunday celebrations of the Liturgy  are a joyful foretaste of the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Sunday is also a time of prayer and fraternal sharing, following the example of the first Christians. As St. Paul wrote, “There being only one bread, though we are many we are but one body, for we partake of this one bread” (1 Cor 10:17). Thus our life together as a community is constantly renewed by the grace of Christ’s Resurrection.

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