The Little Triduum

Every week we celebrate the Little Triduum in memory of the three holy days, culminating in the celebration of the Resurrection on Sunday.

On Thursday night, we consider the infinite love of Jesus in the Eucharist, and we keep Him company in Gethsémane 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 remain in expectation of the hour when Christ will reveal his victory over evil.

On Sunday, the day of the Resurrection, we experience the summit of prayer toward which we have ascended through the week. On Saturday night we enter into this mystery with the celebration of Vespers of the Resurrection and Israeli dances, expressing our joy and gratitude.

We take great care that our Sunday celebrations of the Liturgy emphasize the festive nature of our anticipation of the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. On Sunday, we gather together as a community for a time of prayer and fraternal sharing, following the example of the first Christians, as we hear from St Paul: “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 in the grace of the Resurrection of Christ.

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