From the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper
through Easter Sunday, we are immersed in our faith as we witness
and participate in the gestures, postures, prayers, and songs of
the liturgy. The washing of the feet, the veneration of the cross,
the words of the Exsultet, singing "alleluia" root us in the
reason for our hope. These Three Days can transform. Often, though,
parishes struggle to convince members that these days of prayer merit
setting routines aside.
In "A Yearlong Invitation to the Triduum," Denise Morency Gannon
explains that a continual focus on the liturgy of the Sacred Paschal
Triduum will encourage parishioners' participation. Highlighting the
Triduum as the center of parish life will include posting the worship
aid, photos, and information on the website. But those actions will be
part of an outreach of hospitality to visitors as well as new and old
parishioners. A cup of coffee or a shared meal can lead to connections
and even parishioners seeking to meet the needs of others. The author
shows how one meeting of parishioners in the hospitality area led to
volunteers transporting older adults to the Triduum.
Some families stay away from the Triduum, fearing that their children
cannot abide a long service. However, in "Welcoming Children to the Three
Days," Kathryn Ball-Boruff points out that those are missed opportunities
for children to be formed in the faith. While encouraging family attendance,
the tips on taking cues from behavior.
Leisa Ansliger's article, "The Year of Mercy in the Parish," will be a
great value as communities seek ways to understand God's mercy in their
lives and share that mercy with others. The author not only shows ways to
make use of the prayer, logo, and music for the Jubilee Year of Mercy but
suggests that lay ministers be given the opportunity to share how they have
felt God's mercy in their ministries.
"Acting as a People of Mercy," the Living our Faith article by Trish
Sullivan Vanni, seeks to help families with discussions on how they can
open themselves to and respond to others' needs. You will want to provide
this insert to parents through your bulletin and through the religious
In the bulletin insert, "Spreading Acts of Mercy," Kristopher W. Seaman
provides an example of community involved in the corporal works of mercy.
This insert also will be a valuable aid at faith formation sessions.
Mary A. Ehle's series of articles that support a team's reading of the
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults continues with "Celebrating
the Sacraments of Initiation." You will want to provide this article to your
Be sure that the art environment team is able to access the article "Come,
Everything Is Now Ready." There, Jakob K. Rinderknecht, this year's Liturgical
Environment author, explains the unity that should be part of the environment.
"Just as the Three Days form one great liturgy, the celebration of these three
sacraments forms one initiatory process," and the environment "can make this
unity clear, or it can obscure it," he states.
May your Lent and Triduum be blessed and filled with the experience of the
mercy of God.
Bishop Joseph N. Perry
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
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