WDTPRS POLL: Attending Triduum services


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Triduum Ceremonies: I plan on attending...

  • all three services and/or Sunday day. (64%, 1,380 Votes)
  • two services and/or Sunday. (18%, 376 Votes)
  • one service and/or Sunday. (10%, 215 Votes)
  • Vigil or Sunday Day. (6%, 139 Votes)
  • none. (2%, 34 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,144

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  1. TeresaBenedicta says:

    All three. Although, I’ve got quite a bit of “behind the scenes” work to do for all three.

  2. Bryan Boyle says:

    All three. Always have…this year, for the first time in a decade, my mom is attending with me (her and dad have spent the last 10 yrs in FL vacationing during Easter with my sister, but this year, are not traveling…)…and have to be there for my RCIA students, all of whom are being welcomed in at the Vigil. So…it’s all arranged (and for my students, as a special blessing, my spiritual director has secured Papal Blessings for all of them…so, just when they think the Vigil Mass will be over…:))

    Blessings to everyone as we enter the Triduum….

  3. Philangelus says:

    My husband and I will split Holy Thursday and Good Friday between us, and we all go on Sunday.

  4. Flambeaux says:

    All three plus Tenebrae when offered. My 7 year old, who is preparing for his First Confession and First Communion, has begged me to bring him to everything.

    He experienced his first Tenebrae last night. It left quite an impression. :D

  5. jbalza007 says:

    Same here — all three plus Tenebrae too (just got back to work from church). Triduum only comes once a year so why not go to all? :)

  6. neworleansgirl says:

    Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.
    But we don’t go back on Sunday morning if we went to the vigil the night before.

    Our parish is having the vigil begin at 7pm, which seems pretty early to me. But for that reason, we’ve decided to try to go to it with all 4 of our kids. If it began later, we would opt for Sunday morning instead. I think my 9 and 7 year olds will do just fine at the vigil. It’s the 4 year old and 1 year old I am a little worried about.

  7. Jayna says:

    I’m doing Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Unfortunately I had to miss Tenebrae last night because I was traveling home for Easter.

  8. PghCath says:

    All three plus Tenebrae. I’ve never been to Tenebrae, and I’m rather looking forward to it.

    The Masses of the Triduum are what got me interested in the liturgy when I was younger. The silence of Holy Thursday, the prostration of the clergy on Good Friday, and the Exsultet get me every year.

  9. Paulo says:

    Definitely going today and Sunday, but planning on taking the kids to the Vigil as well.

  10. We will go this evening and definitely tomorrow evening, plus Easter morning for Paschal Matins and Divine Liturgy. Our parish will also offer Royal Hours on Friday morning with confession between the two Hours, and if I can organize things well enough here at home (which is also my workplace) we’ll go to those services as well. I am praying the rain holds off on Friday and Sunday so as not to prevent our outdoor processions, because they add so much to the services.

  11. MJ says:

    Tenebrae (last night), Holy Thursday, Good Friday (and Tenebrae tomorrow evening), and Easter Sunday. Normally I’d do the Vigil as well, but this year I can’t make that day. Our schola/choir has SO MUCH to sing this Triduum!

  12. MargaretC says:

    I’ll be there for Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil. I was received into the Church at the Easter Vigil, so it’s a very emotional occasion for me.

  13. Random Walk says:

    I’m afraid that my travel schedule (I’ll be on an airplane smack in the middle of Good Friday… yay employer? :/ ), makes attending all Triduum services a bit of a trial to pull off.

  14. disco says:

    I misunderstood the question and answered two plus Easter day. I’ll be at Maundy Thursday and Good Friday plus Easter day in the extraordinary form, but unfortunately for family reasons I’ll have to attend the vigil in the ordinary form.

  15. tjtenor2 says:

    The whole shebang (including both the Vigil and Easter Sunday) plus Tenebrae. Ah, the joys of singing in the choir…

  16. Titus says:

    Which are the “three”? I can think of four: 1) Mass of the Lord’s Supper tonight, 2) Stations tomorrow, 3) Good Friday liturgy tomorrow, 4) Vigil/Sunday.

    Are we not counting Good Friday stations?

  17. suzannaleigh says:

    I look forward to Triduum every year and I like to attend both the Vigil and one of the Sunday Masses, usually the 11 a.m. I wish I could go to Tenebrae…

  18. APX says:

    The operative word in that poll question is plan. I’m moving on Sunday,so assuming I stay on schedule packing and loading each day I’ll be at all three in the OF here, and I’ll hit up Easter Sunday in the EF on the drive home.

  19. Harja says:

    2 years ago I made a Triduum retreat because I was being received into the Church on Easter Vigil. I am now on my third such retreat. Living in a country with so few Catholic parishes and in one of the cities that is a “diaspora” station for the Turku parish, it is nice to get here at least once a year.

  20. Mother Angelica had a name for the then- (and still-in-many-places) current state of the liturgy: electric church. Every time you go, you get shocked. I never feel the shock more than during the Triduum. I haven’t made up my mind yet whether to brave it.

  21. Phil_NL says:

    Only Sunday this year around – still recovering from a throat infection, so I’ll skip Good Friday this year around.

    Never been to Maundy thursday or the vigil – was contemplating the vigil this year, but it will have to be next Easter.

  22. Banjo pickin girl says:

    I’m working late tonight to see if I can make it to Mass and confession tonight at 7. Floating holiday tomorrow to attend the 7 last words in the afternoon and confession if I don’t make it tonight. Will miss tomorrow night if I go tomorrow afternoon. The rest of the weekend will have to be taken as it comes, as it always is. I feel lots less rotten today than usual! I am happy!

  23. Banjo pickin girl says:

    Anita, I am glad I go to a parish where they don’t do stupid stuff like washing women’s feet and stuff like that. Now I know better it drives me nuts. And so many otherwise faithful Catholics think that is okay.

  24. Sliwka says:

    Today and tomorrow, then Sunday morning.

  25. q7swallows says:

    All 3+Sunday at the local Byzantine church — to show our enthusiastic appreciation for the pastor’s generosity in allowing us a sunset-sunrise Good Fruday night vigil. Viva traditionally-minded priests!!!

  26. worm says:

    Wife and I split Holy Thursday and Good Friday. We drag all the kids to the vigil.

  27. tzard says:

    Holy Thursday, Easter Vigil as part of the congregation. My son really wanted to go then. Wont’ be able to attend Good Friday because I have to work. Though maybe I can sneak out….

  28. Frank H says:

    Three, plus Tenebrae Friday evening.

  29. AnAmericanMother says:

    The choir and the handbell team will be very much in evidence all through the Triduum.

    Since the whole family sings in the choir, my husband and I ring handbells, and my daughter is standing in with the bells to ring a B flat 6 that I cannot possibly reach in time, we are thoroughly committed to everything. Taking off in about 30 minutes for the first round, and we will somehow stumble through and crash into Easter morning.

  30. marajoy says:

    I think I know what you mean, but “all three services and/or Sunday day” sounds like 3 and/or 1.

  31. fieldsparrow says:

    All three, plus Tenebrae and Sunday. Heading out in about half an hour for tonight’s Mass and Adoration. And on Saturday I will be confirmed at Easter Vigil Mass!

  32. Mother says:

    We are playing it safe. My son will serve and we will assist at the EF on Easter morn – 90 miles from home.
    I could just cry that we are unable to attend proper Holy Triduum services, for fear of being a captive audience in some modern heretical rendition thereof, as we have in years past.

  33. Fr. Basil says:

    \\I could just cry that we are unable to attend proper Holy Triduum services, for fear of being a captive audience in some modern heretical rendition thereof, as we have in years past.\\

    If the post 1970 services are celebrated according to the Rubrics, saying the black and doing the red, there’s nothing heretical or improper about them.

  34. Dear Mother,

    I’m with you. We will drive 90 miles tomorrow as two of our boys will help out with Good Friday Service in the EF. Tonight, my husband works and I’d rather not go to the local parish–they always want to wash my feet or my daughters’, not any of the men’s!! My husband is sponsoring someone with whom he works and will assist at an OF Vigil that is close to us. And then, we will drive 90 miles on Sunday to Easter Mass in the EF. I wish we could do it all–we did it last year and it was so memorable!

  35. Mark Pavlak says:

    I’ll be at St. Agnes in St. Paul singing with the chamber choir Allegri’s “Miserere Mei Deus” and Victoria’s “Vere Languores Nostros” on Good Friday, and Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus” for the great Vigil.
    Father, I miss hearing you sing the Exultet. I served many Vigils when you sang here. I was (am) the extra pale, extra blonde one…

  36. rsalie says:

    We usually would not go to the Easter Vigil mass because it is hard to be up that late with our two youngest who are 2 and 8 months and shall we say less than cheerful when up too late. This year though my oldest son (who is 9) is receiving the Sacrements of Baptism,Confirmation and First Holy Communion so we will be there with him. My husband is also taking my son to the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday right before mass. We take turns on who gets to do this with my oldest, but until the little ones get a bit bigger we can’t do that as a family.

  37. TNCath says:

    No matter how poorly they may be executed, I’ll be there. It’s still the Mass (except Good Friday) and the good Lord will be there. I was even at the Chrism Mass on Tuesday night. It was awful, but I was there.

  38. Tony from Oz says:

    I am in the choir at my local TLM so I will be attending everything. Being Good Friday already here in Australia, I have already attended Holy Thursday’s Missa in Cena Domini and adoration thereafter, but will be attending Stations of the Cross (where we will sing the Stabat Mater between stations) at 11am, and the Passion and ‘Mass of the Presanctified’ at 3pm, the Easter Vigil and the Mass of Easter Day.

    I also concur with some commentators above and have always found the Easter Triduum ceremonies compelling, even the ceremonies I attended from the days before I joined the choir (ie back in the mid-70s!) and long before I even came into contact with the even deeper richness of the traditional Easter liturgies. There is so much spiritual depth to reflect on which, with the help of God’s grace which He obtained for us on Calvary, will intensify as we all progress through our lives towards the Heavenly Jerusalem.

  39. CatholicinCA says:

    Can someone please clarify something for me. I was always under the impression that Holy Thursday Mass was optional, but is Good Friday optional as well? If so, I just gave someone the wrong information today!

    p.s. Easter Day/or Vigil is mandatory, yes?

    Just want to make sure I’m clear on this.

  40. everett says:

    Still recovering from a cold, so not sure if I’ll make it, but hoping to do all three and bring the kids.

  41. Tenebrae on Wednesday night, Maundy Thursday (EF), plus watching at the Altar of repose until Midnight, Good Friday and Easter Vigil (both OF – unfortunately) and Easter Sunday twice (EF and OF)

    (I might skip the OF on Sunday evening if I’m really tired….)

  42. Oh, and Stations on Friday…

  43. trespinos says:

    Formerly, my practice was to attend Good Friday at the Cathedral and either the Vigil or Sunday morning at my home parish. (Sadly, Tenebrae was almost never available where I lived. The one time I did attend, I was floored by the Allegri Miserere.) This year, I’m driving 950 miles up the Interstate on Friday and Saturday, and so will miss Friday service and be too rum-dum to attend the Vigil.

  44. briaangelique says:

    I’m going to all three plus Stations on Friday.

  45. Philangelus says:

    Husband got back from Holy Thursday Mass and said that
    1) the Gospel reading wasn’t the right one; it was the one where Jesus reads the scroll of Isaiah and says “today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing”
    2) there was no washing of the feet

    So I’m not entirely sure what day the priest thought today was. Were these legitimate substitutions?

  46. JimGB says:

    I used to love the Holy Thursday liturgy at my parish until the current pastor upon his arrival eliminated some of the traditions we had enjoyed for years (e.g., the clappers) and introduced innovations with respect to the Altar of Repose.

  47. DetJohn says:

    On Good Friday, I will attend the Maronite Service of The burial of Christ at 4:00pm. The body of christ is removed from the cross, placed in an open coffin type container with handels, it is raised to shoulder height and solemnly processed three times around the interior of the church. At severa points persons carrying the coffin change places with others. The coffin is placed on display in the sanctuary. A ton of flowers are placed in and around the coffin. For me it is a moving expierence. At 7:30 pm, I will be attending my first Melkite version of The Burial of Christ.

    On Easter Sunday, I will attend a Solemn TLM.

    I do not want to miss out on the the various types of ritual expressions of the Catholic Church.

  48. wchoag says:

    Thursday in the ’62 and Friday and Saturday in the pre ’55.

  49. Christo et Ecclesiae says:

    TLM on Maundy Thursday! It was beautiful!

    Driving home from college Good Friday!

    NO Solemn Easter Vigil at our Cathedral Saturday!

  50. JaneC says:

    Going to everything, plus two Masses on Sunday–I’m in the choir and the bell choir, and my husband is the organist, so we don’t really have a choice! But we would go even if we weren’t obligated to–my family has always attended Triduum services, and I was shocked when I went to college and found out that some of my friends there had never been. Last year we were able to go to the Pascha liturgy at the Russian Catholic church in between Roman Easter Vigil and Easter morning, for a bit of relief from liturgical oddities. I don’t know if we’ll be able to do something similar this year.

  51. MissOH says:

    After a rather too eventful commute we did make it to the Holy Thursday EF mass downtown. Tomorrow I will be going to the service EF and possibly the stations also. For the first time in years, I am planning to go to the vigil. I have missed attending as I used to go every year. There is an EF just over an hour away, but it is in a rather scary inner city and unless a snowball melts and my husband decides to attend, I will be going to an EF vigil, but one that I have been told will likely be ad orientem and in Latin.

  52. Mary G says:

    All three services, plus Sunday morning. Have already attended Tenebrae and Stations of the Cross. After all, what would Easter be without the ceremonies? We are so very fortunate to live in a parish where all the ceremonials are celebrated correctly. Praise God!

  53. Catholictothecore says:

    All three services and Easter Sunday. Plus Stations of the Cross tomorrow.

  54. Steven says:

    I’ll be serving all three Triduum Masses at my cathedral, although I don’t think I’ll get to the Easter Sunday Mass.

  55. EWTN Rocks says:

    All three Masses plus Stations of the Cross tomorrow.

  56. Only three days? Let’s see, at St. Andrew Russian Catholic Church in Los Angeles, CA, we started Passion Week with Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday liturgies, and then with a somewhat shortened Bridegroom Matins directly after Palm (or Willow) Sunday.

    Then we did Bridegroom Matins at 7:30 to 9 p.m on Monday and Tuesday each.

    Then we did the Service of Anointing with the Holy Oil on Wednesday. From 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

    And on Thursday we just got home from a Vesperal Liturgy of St. Basil, and the Reading of the Gospels. We started at 6 p.m., and finished at 10:30 p.m.

    For Great and Holy Friday we’re doing Royal Hours from 12 to 1 p.m., and then the Great and Holy Friday Vespers from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.

    On Great and Holy Saturday, we’re doing the Lamentations service at 10:00 a.m to noon, and then starting Pascha by doing Nocturns from 11:15p to 12:00 midnight, and then Paschal Matins from midnight to 1:30 a.m., and the Paschal Liturgy from 1:30 a.m. to 3. Then we are having the Paschal Feast, which is something of a pot luck. I haven’t decided whether to bring Boeuf Bourgignon or a classic Quiche Lorraine or three. Knowing the rest of the congregation, we’ll probably have a lot of other really good food there too.

    Only three days to commemorate the Passion, Death, and Glorious Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ?


  57. pookiesmom says:

    We are so lucky to be in an FSSP parish and attend all the Triduum devotions, as well as Wed. nite’s(Spy Wednesday) beautiful Solemn High Mass. The priest in the homily at Holy Thursday Solemn High Mass explained that before the OF only bishops washed the feet of their priests and abbots washed the feet of their monks–the ceremony was Christ’s sign that the Apostles were being set apart as His first priests. It was all so beautiful!! Don’t mind the 110 mile round trip. Don’t know if we will attend the Solemn High Mass at 10:30 am on Easter as we got home last year from the vigil/Midnight Mass at 3:00 am!

  58. Mother says:

    Liturgical abuses are not “poor executions”
    I can no longer assist at such atrocities.

  59. JenB says:

    I have discovered that the Triduum services are too late at night for me to expect well-behaved children. Therefore, until the children are old enough to stay up past 8 at night, I will not be taking them to vigil Masses, or any service that begins after 7. :( Maybe next year!

  60. irishgirl says:

    Just one for me, plus Sunday Mass with the ‘small choir’ at the TLM chapel.
    We have only a Holy Hour between 2 and 3 today, Good Friday. None of the priests who are from outside our area can come, so one of the parish’s lay members does it: Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, and Veneration of the Cross.
    It would be really nice to have an honest-to-goodness EF Triduum here, but I think it’s frowned upon by the liberals in the diocesan chancery.

  61. catholictigerfan says:

    all three stations today vigil tomorrow and mass on Sunday with my family. They won’t attend the vigil so i want to go with them to mass this weekend

  62. Sacristymaiden says:

    I’m singing in the choir for all 4 services, I’d better be there!

  63. Robert_H says:

    Adoration on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday services in a few minutes and Easter Sunday.

  64. Angelika says:

    all three, plus morning prayer each day and stations today

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