Numerous priests have written to me, asking about what to do about the Sacred Triduum in private.
I’ve been pondering and consulting.
Summorum Pontificum 2 excepts the Triduum for Holy Mass in the Vetus Ordo sine populo.
However, Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, issued a decree about celebrating Triduum with the Novus Ordo sine populo.
That said, there is a principle of interpretation of law in the Church, odiosa restringi et favores convenit ampliari, or else odiosa sunt restringenda et favoribilia amplianda/ampliantur. That is to say, laws that place burdens or restrictions on people must be interpreted strictly so that they don’t put onto people what the laws don’t say. On the other hand, laws which grant favors or freedoms to people should be interpreted as generously as possible so that people can enjoy favors and freedoms. Be narrow and picky with laws that restrict and wide and generous with laws that grant things.
In light of how the Church interprets laws, I say that what applies to the Triduum in the Ordinary Form applies also to the Extraordinary Form. If a priest wants to observe the Triduum sine populo, he can… this year. I don’t know how he will pull off Good Friday alone and the Vigil alone, but I suppose there may be a way. It would be good to have at least a couple servers.
We have to figure out some mechanics for Good Friday and Holy Saturday Vigil. Thursday isn’t really a problem.
But, salvo semper meliore iudicio, Fathers, you are good to go for sine populo!
Let’s pray hard this Holy Week and Triduum and really give the Devil and this virus HELL!
Ask God straight out for a miracle: to end this virus NOW, COMPLETELY, and FOR GOOD.