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  • Writer's pictureGreg Dover

Greg's Weekly Word: "triduum"

Not "tri-doom," which I guess would be something like this...?

Doctor Doom Mount Doom The video game, Doom

A triduum (pronounced "trid-yoo-um") is a three day religious observance, the most famous of which is this coming weekend.

Beginning on the evening of Maundy Thursday through Good Friday (day 1), the evening of Good Friday to the Easter vigil night of Holy Saturday (day 2), and the morning and evening of Easter Sunday (day 3), the Paschal Triduum straddles the transition between Lent and Easter.

We often want to jump from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday - from glory to glory, procession to resurrection. And especially this year, which has been so full of pain and suffering already. But I agree with Nadia Bolz-Weber that these are the years when we need the triduum of Holy Week most - that we would find a God who is in our pain and suffering with us. And maybe through that, find some grace in our pain and suffering, too.

So I invite you to lean into this holy triduum. Lean into these three hardest days of our Lenten journey. Lean into your own pain and suffering. And lean on God through it all. Maybe you'll find some grace in the midst of it. And even if not, maybe you'll find a new kind of life on the other side...


P.S. (and shameless plug):

You can join us from wherever you are for our online Holy Week worship experiences.

Our Maundy Thursday worship will be live on our FB page at 7:00 pm. Gather whatever you have on hand to celebrate the Lord’s Supper as we remember his Last Supper.

Then follow along on IG and FB throughout Good Friday, as we follow Jesus through his trial, crucifixion, death, and burial. We will have art, music, and reflections at 6 am, 9 am, noon, 3 pm, and 6 pm.

Hope you can participate in either or both of these opportunities!

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