The Easter Triduum

The Easter Triduum

Today I would like to pause to meditate on the Easter Triduum, … in order to examine a bit what the most important liturgical days of the year represent for us believers…. These days constitute the celebratory remembrance of a great unique mystery: the death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. The Triduum begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and concludes with Vespers of the Sunday of the Resurrection…. all Christians are called to experience the three Holy Days … as, so to speak, the “matrix” of their personal life, of their community life, as our Jewish brothers and sisters experienced the Exodus from Egypt.

These three Days reintroduce to the Christian people the great events of salvation performed by Christ, and thus they are projected into the horizon of their future and reinforced in their commitment to witness in history. On Easter morning, retracing the steps experienced in the Triduum, the singing of the Sequence, which is a hymn or type of Psalm, will make solemnly resound the announcement of the Resurrection; and it goes like this: “Christ, my hope, has risen: He goes before you into Galilee”. This is the great affirmation: Christ has risen.

Saint Paul explains that Christ “was put to death for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Rom 4:25). The only one, the only one who justifies us; the only one who makes us born anew is Jesus Christ. No one else. And for this reason there is nothing to be paid, because justification — becoming just — is free. This is the greatness of Jesus’ love: he gives life freely in order to make us holy, to renew us, to forgive us. And this is the very core of this Easter Triduum. In the Easter Triduum the remembrance of this fundamental event is celebrated with full appreciation and, at the same time, renews in the baptized the meaning of their new condition…. let us be willing to properly experience this now imminent Holy Triduum … in order to be ever more deeply immersed in the Mystery of Christ, who died and rose for us.

Pope Francis, General Audience, March 28,2018