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Sunday, May 09, 2021
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Tridumm (Trih-du-um)

Tridumm (TRIH-du-um) is the part of church year when we celebrate the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This three-day celebration begins with Maundy Thursday and continues on Good Friday with the Crucifixion. At the end of this liturgy, we leave the church in silence, waiting to celebrate the glory of our Lord’s resurrection. Then, in some places though not traditionally here, on Saturday at sundown, the Church re-gathers to celebrate the final, and most grand moment of the Triduum: the Resurrection of our Lord; think of it as the candlelight Christmas Eve of Easter.

The Triduum is somewhat like a three-day prayer

marathon, and if you are not use to a liturgical tradition there may be some rituals that are unfamiliar to you and each congregation has its own way of preparing and getting though the race.

Holy Thursday The worship on Maundy Thursday is commonly known as the Lord’s Supper. This worship setting is a time for us to remember the Last Supper where Jesus and his apostles gathered to celebrate Passover. In the Maundy Thursday worship two ritual actions stand out among the rest:

The Washing of the Feet At the Last Supper, according to the Gospel of John, Jesus took a basin and a towel, got down on his hands and knees and washed the feet of all the apostles. After this action, he commanded the apostles, “I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do” (John 13:15). This is Jesus'  

commandment: Just as Jesus has been a servant to his apostles, so the apostles must go out into the world and be servants to everyone around them. We are called to do the same in our daily lives. Well, we are not called literally to just wash each other’s feet. The action of washing one another’s feet reminds us of the call to humble servitude. Foot washing is not a re-enactment or re-creation of a past event, but rather, it is a commemorative action that reminds us that God calls us first and foremost to be servants to others in our daily lives.  It also gives the pastor the opportunity to publicly proclaim their own humble servitude and for worshippers to receive a loving action in the public space. The ritual washing of the feet can take place in many ways. Some churches choose to have 12 people, who represent the apostles, have their feet washed by the pastor presiding over the celebration. 

Other churches invite the entire gathered community to have its feet washed (this particular tradition is very powerful because everyone is invited to come and have their feet washed).  However, the ritual takes shape, foot washing should always be a reminder that Christ has called us to be servants of the whole world.

The Celebration of the Eucharist and the Eucharistic Procession  At the very first Last Supper, Jesus also instituted the Eucharist, or Holy Communion, for the Church. At this Maundy Thursday celebration, we are reminded of who we are in Jesus Christ and that, through the sacrament of the Table, we are and we become even more the Body of Christ together.

At the conclusion of the Maundy Thursday celebration, there is no concluding prayer. Once the celebration of the Eucharist is completed, there is a stripping of the altar of all items and adornments. This reminds us of Jesus’ time in the garden of  Gethsemane when he prayed so fervently through the night when all the excitement from Palm Sunday and the Passover feast had been stripped away. The entire community is invited in the silent prayer and adoration.  The gathered community leaves in silence only to return in prayer the next day for the Good Friday celebration.