Triduum April 13-16, 2017
Easter Season April 13-June 4, 2017
The Easter Season is THE most Holiest Time of the Year for us as Christians.
Teach parishioners this through appropriate liturgical practices and decorations.
Do not rush any of the services, enter into Kairos, God's time.
Mass of the Lord's Supper
Begins the evening of April 13.
The Liturgical color is WHITE.
The Gloria is Sung, but needs to be a toned down version.
The Alleluia is still NOT used.
There are two extra events--the Pastor washes the feet of 12 persons AND there is a eucharistic procession that concludes the services.
After the service concludes, the church is to be stripped.
The Altar of Repose is where the Consecrated Hosts are kept.
Ideally, it is NOT in the main church, but in its own separate space.
It is to be minimally decorated.
Ideally to be celebrated at noon, but can be celebrated in the evening.
The Liturgical color is RED.
"Begins" or "Continues" from the previous night's service with a prostration by the priest(s) and deacon(s). The people either kneel or bow profoundly.
There is NO music during the prostration rather there is to be complete silence.
The Prayers of the Faithful are longer and follow set protocol found within the Roman Missal. Make sure to include periods of silence within the prayers.
There are three forms for the Veneration of the Cross which can be found in the Roman Missal.
A communion service is held.
There are to be NO decorations or adornments in the church.
This is THE night within the Church.
This night requires good planning and execution.
The Liturgy MUST START only AFTER SUNSET! It needs to be dark outside.
On April 15, that time is after 7:38 pm in the Reno area; 7:23pm in Elko
The Liturgical Color is WHITE.
Reserve seats for the Elect and Candidates, plus family.
Fire + Baptismal Candle
While safety is always an important consideration, a flame to 'dispel the darkness and light up the night' is needed to achieve the full symbolism of the fire. (n. 84. Built of Living Stones)
Have safety measures in place. You will need a real fire, and it can be lit prior to the service.
Have your Elect and candidates gather around the fire so that they have a clear view of what is going on.
REMINDER--The Elect are NOT to have their own candles to light from the paschal candle at this point. This initial lighting is only for those already baptized. The Elect will receive theirs later in the celebration.
The Font needs to be in a significant place, preferably up front so that all can see. If you have a small font that is used for infant baptisms throughout the year, consider using a large tub that reflects the adults being baptized, and consider full immersion.
Readings + Gloria + Alleluia
The ritual calls for 7 Old Testament Readings with a Psalm Response in-between each, 1 New Testament Reading separated from the Old Testament readings by the singing of the Gloria and followed by THE ALLELUIA, then the Gospel.
Make every effort to include all the readings and psalms, do not omit any if you can help it.
However, if there is truly a necessity, some of the Old Testament readings can be omitted. At least 3 OT readings are to be read, with Psalm responses in between. The NT and Gospel are NOT to be omitted.
Rite of Baptism
The rite begins after the homily and this is for adults (above the age of 7) only, not for infants.
Do this very well and solemnly. This is not a party, but a serious yet joyful undertaking, let our demeanor convey this.
If the newly Baptized are fully immersed, once baptized, send them out to change out of their wet robes.
The Neophytes receive their baptismal candles after baptism, and they are lit from the paschal candle.
Renewal of Baptismal Promises
After the neophytes are baptized, then those who are already baptized renewal their promises.
They can then be sprinkled with Holy Water, or they can come forward to bless themselves with the holy water.
If the neophytes are changing out of wet clothes, this is the opportune time to celebrate the renewal.
Rite of Reception into the Catholic Church
Those Candidates who are to be received are now celebrated. The rite will have them recite the Creed and the addendum that they believe in all that the Catholic Church holds and believes. Again, treat this seriously and joyfully.
Rite of Confirmation
This rite is celebrated for both the newly Baptized and those who have just been received into the Catholic Church
If there are children to be baptized, consider it as this celebration as opposed to the Vigil.
Throughout the Easter Season give serious consideration to doing the sprinkling rite rather than the normal penitential rite (note, the Gloria is NOT sung during the sprinkling).
Also give consideration to the use of incense throughout the Easter season to make it stand out from Ordinary time.
Be careful with decorations!! Flowers et al are wonderful, but they must never detract from the Altar.