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Easter Triduum

The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:

Mass of the Lord's Supper
Good Friday of the Lord's Passion
Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

(USCCB)

Click here for the full list of times and churches in the eastern portion of the Archdiocese.

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The Last Supper

While they were eating he took bread, and after he had pronounced the blessing, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “Take it; this is my body.”  Then he took a cup, and after offering thanks he gave it to them. After they all drank from it, he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many. Amen, I say to you, from now on I shall not drink this fruit of the vine until the day when I shall drink it anew in the kingdom of God.”

Mark 14: 22-25

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Agony in the Garden

Then they went to a place that was called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took with him Peter and James and John, and he began to suffer distress and anguish. 34 And he said to them, “My soul is sorrowful, even to the point of death. Remain here and keep watch.”

 Returning to the disciples, he found them sleeping. 

Mark 14: 32-34, 37

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Ecce Homo
(Behold, the Man)

They bound Jesus and led him away,

and handed him over to Pilate.

Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Jesus replied, “You have said so.”  Then the chief priests brought many charges against him. Again, Pilate questioned him, “Have you no answer to offer? Just consider how many charges they are leveling against you.”  But Jesus offered no further reply, so that Pilate was amazed.

Mark 15: 1-5
 

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The Crucifixion

 After this, aware that everything had now been completed, and in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.” 29 A jar filled with sour wine was standing nearby, so they soaked a sponge in the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it up to his lips. 30 When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.”[j] Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19: 28-30

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But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has been raised, as he promised he would be. Come and see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has been raised from the dead and now he is going ahead of you to Galilee. There you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.”

8 They were filled with fear and great joy, and they ran from the tomb to inform his disciples. 

Matthew 28: 5-8

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