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In Home Religious Ed for March/April 2019

Mar 27, 2019

In Home Religious Education (RE)

Session 5

Topic: Triduum

Date: March/April 2019 


       I.            Introduction


Objective:  The families will be able to describe the three holiest days of the Catholic Church year and give examples of what we remember/celebrate on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday/Sunday

This In Home Session will focus on Triduum---Latin for three days. You will learn about Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil/Easter Sunday.   Let’s get started!!!


    II.            Triduum


Triduumàthe three holiest days of the Catholic Church (Liturgical) year that end the Lenten season and lead us to the great celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday.  Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Last Supper (Holy Thursday) and ends with the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection (Easter Sunday). 

It is one continual Mass from Thursday night to Easter morning.  There is no blessing of the Eucharist (consecration) on Good Friday. All hosts that are used for Good Friday are consecrated at the Holy Thursday Mass and used at the Good Friday service.  From Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday is one long Mass.


  III.            Holy Thursday


Holy ThursdayàOn Holy Thursday we remember that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples as a sign of loving service. He told his followers to remember his actions and care for others as he did.  At that same Passover meal (Jesus’ Last Supper), Jesus gave us the sacrament of his body and blood.

What happens at Holy Thursday Mass?  Several things: The Mass of the Lord's Supper is held in the evening.  We remember Jesus’ Last Supper and Fr. Dennis performs the washing of feet as a symbol of Jesus’ servanthood; the Tabernacle is emptied and the Eucharist is put in a place of repose (set away from public observance).

The altar is stripped.

The faithful are invited to spend time in Eucharistic adoration while the Sacrament is in repose (put away from public observance).  


            Do: Read:  John 13: 1-15

For the Gospel writer John, the Last Supper was not about the Eucharist but about service.  Without doing service to others (as Jesus modeled) we cannot be disciples of Jesus.  Jesus, the Master became a servant of others, so we too, have a duty and obligation to do the same if we are to bear the name “disciple.”


            Do: Pray together:  Saving God, we thank you for the sacred meal of bread and wine

Which Jesus gave the Church on the eve of his passion. May the food of the Eucharist strengthen us for the work of justice and peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord.



 IV.            Good Friday

Good Fridayà On Good Friday we remember Jesus’ arrest, suffering, and death.  We celebrate with the parish community and keep a spirit of quiet and prayer.  This is a day for adults to fast and for everyone to abstain from meat.  Remember!  There is no consecration on Good Friday because the three day Mass started with Holy Thursday.  All hosts used for Good Friday service are blessed on Holy Thursday.  We reverence the cross by kneeling by it, touching it, or kissing it. 

            Do: Read:  John 18: 1-19; 42

In John’s Gospel, we hear the events unfold as Jesus is arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, taken before the Sanhedrin, denied by a close friend, interrogated by Pilate, crucified on a cross, and left to die.  The perfect love of God, made man in Jesus, crucified like a common criminal. We are given the opportunity on Good Friday  to reflect on this drama that happened not only two thousand years ago, but today and every day.  When we fail to serve as Jesus modeled we crucify Jesus again and again. To be a disciple is to be a follower of the great example of love that Jesus is for us.

Do: Pray together:  Loving God, we glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for he is our salvation, our life, our resurrection; through him we are saved and made free.  By his holy and glorious wounds may Christ our Lord awaken our compassion for all who are suffering now and forever.   Amen!


    V.            Holy Saturday


Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil)/Easter Sundayà During the Easter Vigil, we hear the story of salvation told anew.  From the seven days of creation, to the crossing of the Red Sea, to the voices of the prophets, we listen to the greatest love story ever told. God who created the world and proclaimed it good, continues to redeem and restore when darkness, death, and despair threaten to destroy everything.  But, then the disciples find the TOMB IS EMPTY!  This changes everything.  Death does not have the last word! We are baptized into Christ’s death and so we rise with him in the light of the resurrection.  WE ARE A RESURRECTION PEOPLE!       

The Easter Vigil takes place after sundown on the night before Easter (Holy Saturday). The Easter Vigil is generally seen as the most important Mass of the year, particularly in Catholic churches. This Mass celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and it is also a time when new members are baptized into the church; or members from other Christian churches become full members of the Catholic Church through Eucharist and Confirmation; or current members are given a chance to renew their baptismal vows. 

            Do: Read:  Luke 24:1-12

The women found the tomb empty!  What did that mean to them?  Did they fully understand?  Jesus has risen and he lives!  This is the good news we are called to announce as followers, disciples, of Jesus.  Jesus did not leave us to battle death on our own.  He is very near us waiting to be encountered by us in our everyday lives and unexpected places.  We need to open our eyes and hearts so we recognize the Risen Jesus in ourselves, in others, in the world.

Do: Pray together:  Lord Jesus Christ, even as you once died, we shall die.  Even as you rested in the grave, we shall rest in the grave.  Remember us now as you come into your kingdom.  Bless all who wait and prepare for your coming, now and forever!           Amen!


Challenge:  Attend one of the Triduum celebrations and write a short reflection on your experience.  Submit by email or on the St. Margaret Mary RE private facebook page, or on our Parish Website at:


 VI.            Discussion


Do: Once you have gone through the entire lesson, as a family, please answer the questions and submit the Survey to complete the In Home Session*. The survey was also sent out by email (Survey Monkey) and can be completed by either link.

Survey Link:

*Please note that In Home Religious Education counts towards the total Religious Education hours needed for the diocesan requirement and attendance is taken from the completed surveyThank you!

St. Margaret Mary Parish

Religious Education

(920) 729-4562

Amy Bolle, DRE

Tina Peirick, CRE



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