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Triduum Pitfalls III

The Triduum’s climax is at the Easter Vigil, which has so many events crammed into it that Easter Sunday can come as an anticlimax. That’s not a good thing for the community. Yes, much of the music can be recycled for Sunday and sometimes choir members are willing to come back for Sunday, God bless them. But the Sunday morning people and their visiting families and friends deserve at least as much consideration as the Triduum participants.

Take copious notes and ask people in the community what moved them, inspired them.

What does happen in smaller communities when there are no catechumens this year, no candidates for full membership in the church? Is it just another case of those with the most limited resources having to do the most adjusting? How fair is that? More importantly, how Christian is that?

Is the answer a regional celebration? Not if the music is “one of yours, one of ours,” emphasizing the separation and doing little to foster a real sense of community. Not unless continuing efforts to foster community are a regular part of the liturgical and non-liturgical experience. Take copious notes and ask people in the community what moved them, inspired them.

Just as Jesus died once, for all, so he rose once, for all. They know the story. Celebrating it in these times, in this place, with these people, is an ongoing challenge.

Happy Easter!

MD Ridge
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Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
from Religious Clip Art for the Liturgical Year (A, B, and C).
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