The Three Days (The Paschal Triduum)
Celebrating the Cross and Resurrection
What are “The Three Days”?
- The central celebration of the church year remembering Jesus’ death and resurrection.
When are “The Three Days”?
- Thursday, Friday and Saturday before Easter Sunday.
What happens on “The Three Days”?
- The three days represent a single worship service in three parts.
- It takes us from the Last Supper through Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion, to the first celebration of the resurrection.
- With the unique and vivid liturgies of each day, the community
relives our “Passover” from death to life.
What are the three days called?
- Maundy Thursday
- Good Friday
- Holy Saturday
What does the phrase “Paschal Triduum” mean?
- Triduum is the Latin for “three days”.
- The word is pronounced Tri – doo – um (‘Tri’ is pronounced as in trip, and the accent falls on the first syllable).
- Paschal means Passover and is, for Christians, a synonym for the days celebrating Jesus’ death and resurrection that happened at Passover.
- (In most languages, the word used for Easter is the same as for Passover.)
What is “Holy Week”
- Holy Week is a name for the week from Palm Sunday through Holy Saturday.