Tag Archives: Triduum

Getting ready for Holy Week and singing the Passion in Latin

Where I am, we are preparing for the great Triduum with its ceremonies which make present to us, sacramentally, the mysteries they represent. Yes, we are going full-tradition this year. I am very hopeful about having the help of priests … Continue reading

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FATHERS! Traditional Holy Week Call For Help.

Having been lead by the Sprit into the desert, I feel compelled to put out some feelers. We of the TMSM would like to be able to facilitate Solemn liturgies in the traditional Roman Rite for Holy Week, at least … Continue reading

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Some 2018 Triduum images

Some Triduum images! Holy Thursday, reposing the Blessed Sacrament. UPDATE 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. Exultet. Lessons. Litany. … Continue reading

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Dumb down liturgy. Great idea, right?

I seriously object to the dopey notion that liturgy has to made “understandable”. First, liturgical worship involves mysteries, such as that one about Christ turning the substances of bread and wine into His Body and Blood. How is that easy? … Continue reading

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2017 CROTALUS POLL!

It is customary on Holy Thursday, after the jubilant Gloria introduction, to stop ringing bells in church during the Triduum and, instead, use some kind of clacking or ratchet noisemaker called a crotalus in Latin.  More on those HERE. Here’s a poll.  At … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z is sore tempted – UPDATE

UPDATE 13 March: I am delighted that one of my priest friends is able to come to help with our Triduum!  However, I really would like to have one more priest come. So, I’ll give in to the temptation.  Fathers? ___ Originally Published … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Palm Sunday – The Transforming Example

Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.  The Sacred Triduum (triduum from tres dies – “three day space”) were once days of obligation when people were freed from servile work so that they could attend the liturgies, once celebrated … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why no confessions on Good Friday or Holy Saturday?

From a reader… I would like to know why many parishes do not offer the Sacrament of Penance on Holy Saturday? There’s only 1 parish in my area that hears confessions on Holy Saturday and I often wonder is there … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can the pre-1955 Holy Week Rites be used?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is there a specific rule banning the use of the pre-55 holy week rites, and really the pre-55 missal as a whole? Or may a priest use it if he desires? Some say, and with good reason, that … Continue reading

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YOUR Sacred Triduum observances – Who, What, Where, When, How?

It may be that some of you will travel, even considerable distances, to participate in the rites of the Sacred Triduum celebrated in a worthy manner. I have on more than one occasion over the years, as a guest celebrant … Continue reading

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Ever parish needs a crotalus or two!

Thinking ahead to the Triduum?  Perhaps it will be this year that Father changes out the bells after the Gloria on Holy Thursday to the crotalus or “ratchet”, the harsh wooden noisemaker. In some places a wooden gizmo with little hammers … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Thursday 3rd Week of Lent – the “dying” the liturgy

Today’s prayer has roots in the Padua manuscript the so-called Gregorian Sacramentary and also the manuscript at Bergamo.  It was not in any edition of the pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum. COLLECT Maiestatem tuam, Domine, suppliciter imploramus, ut, quanto magis dies salutiferae festivitatis accedit, tanto … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Tenebrae hearse

Please use the sharing buttons!  Thanks! From a reader: Praised by Jesus Christ! Thank you for your blog. Our small parish needs to find a tennabrae hearse. I am searching on ebay and various church supply websites, but I need … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: The scheduling of Good Friday and Holy Thursday in the Extraordinary Form

I will let you liturgical experts and interested dabblers provide this good reader with some help. I may be missing something, but I can’t see much of a problem.  You readers might see differently. From a reader: A question for … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Holy Thursday Mandatum and female feet. Wherein advice is sought and Fr. Z ranteth.

From a reader: As it is Lent, it is undoubtedly time to ask the question of women having their feet washed on Holy Thursday.  I am well aware (from reading your blog) that it is contrary to law and custom … Continue reading

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