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On the Wednesday in Holy Week, we prepare for Maundy Thursday, which marks the beginning of the Triduum. The Grace-St. Luke’s community is invited to join Christians throughout the world in walking by faith the Easter or Paschal Triduum, an intentional and life-changing period of three days, a radical time of walking with Jesus. May we be changed in mind, body, and spirit. Explore Triduum Events.

On Maundy Thursday, Jesus knew the end was near. Our Lord spoke about and shared acts of love by giving the love commandment, by washing the feet of his disciples, and by instituting the Supper of the Lord, all before he would die. On Good Friday, he showed the world on the cross at Calvary about a kind of love for the whole human family that would serve as a model of love for us today. On Holy Saturday, followers of Jesus move through the day to the Great Vigil of Easter when we light the First Fire of Easter, retell the bondage-to-freedom story of the people of God, and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and his victory of death. On Easter Day, the proclamation continues. Lest we forget that death is not the final answer. Both life and love are the final answer! This is our story, our song, and our hope.

This year strikes me as a perfect time to be radical in the name of the One in whom we live and move and have our being. May we set aside time to engage the three days, which constitute the Triduum, and trust that we will be changed and empowered in new ways for whatever will come into our earthly paths. The worship, formation, and music offerings of the Triduum at Grace-St. Luke’s are designed to provide participants with strength for the journey. Be radical! 

Be radical, as you and I engage these few days of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and the three services of Easter Day. May you be a part of any and all of what is offered. All that we are and all that we offer are a part of the Triduum. May we be different in what we do in these days. May we be radical. May we be changed in mind, body, and spirit.

Blessings as we embrace the steadfast love of Jesus and journey in faith.

Ollie+

The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector
31 March 2021
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