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Rituals/Liturgy

Holy Week, Triduum, and Easter are richer in ritual and liturgical traditions than any other Christian season. Here are explanations of many of these practices.


 

The Entrance, Or Why We Should Care About One Man Coming to Jerusalem

The Entrance, Or Why We Should Care About One Man Coming to Jerusalem

Ryan Adams

Today is Entrance Sunday (or Palm Sunday, as it is more commonly known in the West.) This is the day when the Church remembers the entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem. But what does this day mean? Why all the celebration, the festivity the pomp?

Holy Week: A Primer

Holy Week: A Primer

Frank Weathers

What to expect in the liturgies of Holy Week, including Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

What We Do: Good Friday

What We Do: Good Friday

Jenny Warner

Our Good Friday is focused on a series of prayer stations. Last year and this year, we are using the last words of Christ to give direction.

New Commandment and Foot-Washing Thursday

New Commandment and Foot-Washing Thursday

James F. McGrath

Apparently the term “Maundy Thursday” comes from the Latin phrase “mandatum novum” meaning “new commandment.” The reference is to John 13, which features the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet, followed by his statement about a new commandment he has given them, to love one another.

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