Some 2018 Triduum images

Some Triduum images!

Holy Thursday, reposing the Blessed Sacrament.


Stripping the altar.

Good Friday.

I brought my relic of the Holy Cross.

And now the Vigil.

From the live stream, which goes BW in low light.




Lots and lots of Baptismal water and I did not spare the oils.

From Easter morning… nice light, early in the morning.

Happy Easter!



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  1. Mariana2 says:

    Glad Påsk!

  2. Gabriel Syme says:

    A very happy Easter to you, Fr Z, and to all your readers.

    What great pics from your parish liturgies, thank you for sharing them.

    This Easter I was fortunate enough to be able to attend traditional masses/liturgies on (i) Maundy Thursday (followed by watching at the Altar of Repose), (ii) Good Friday (preceded by Stations), (iii) Easter Vigil, immediately followed at midnight by the First Mass of Easter and (iv) Easter Sunday mass in the morning.

    The priests really went “all in” this year to give us the chance to attend all of these ceremonies. In the mainstream Church of my youth I had never heard of many of these things, much less experienced them.

    I thought it might be a bit arduous to attend the “midnight mass” followed by the morning Easter Sunday mass. In fact it was a very rich and rewarding experience, as was the series of events taken as a whole. I am very grateful to the priests for doing this for us.

    Prior to the Triduum, our new Prior was making the point that we should not miss out on the chance to attend these ceremonies. He contrasted our situation with Catholics who, for whatever reason, might not have easy access to priests, masses and the sacraments. He also said that, yes, it can be an effort to attend all of the ceremonies which were available – but to remember that effort translates to merit in God’s eyes. These were very good points and certainly encouraged me.

    The Easter Vigil was very special – our Church is in a City Center and so there was a stark contrast between us, solemnly gathered around our Easter Fire in the bowels of a City, and the sounds of distant Police sirens and drunken shouting from the nightlife venues with earshot. What a telling contrast between the Church and the World.

    One or two passers-by actually stopped to stand in the dark street and watch the part of the ceremony taking place outside. They were obviously keenly aware they had stumbled on something very special and significant going on in the darkness, a short distance from the bright lights of pubs, casinos and nightclubs nearby.

  3. Semper Gumby says:

    Great photos Fr. Z, and a Happy Easter to all.

  4. I hope you are feeling well Father. I know I am tired. Enjoy some rest!

  5. Art says:

    Happy Easter to you and all your blog readers! Hope you have recovered.

  6. Fr_Sotelo says:

    BEAUTIFUL photos, of a beautiful Triduum

  7. SKAY says:

    Wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing them with us. Father.
    Happy Easter to all.

  8. jazzclass says:

    Nice pics! We went pre-1955 this year.

  9. Henry Edwards says:

    We saw folded black chasubles on Good Friday and heard all twelve traditional OT prophecies on Holy Saturday.

  10. Carrie says:

    Last night I heard a beautiful story about Triduum services from a chaplain at a senior residence (independent living, assisted living, and memory care). She planned and provided ecumenical services on each day that captured the spirit and message of the celebrations. Often the elderly are unable to attend Triduum services, and church staff are understandably unable to come to long-term living facilities. This chaplain responded creatively and reverently to their voiced needs to participate meaningfully in Holy Week, and packed the chapel for all the services! The joy and tenderness in her care of her “flock” and the telling of her experience was such a gift to receive in this Easter season!

    [I am sure there were positive elements in what happened, but let’s be clear that the Triduum – properly understood – is far more than what she could ever do.]

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