In this lesson we will study the Theology and the Rubrics for the most holy days in the year in the context of the Mass - Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. This is the same lesson as Lesson 59 (Mass #12: Sacred Triduum Liturgies) that is part of our Course on the Mass.
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Corpus Christi procession. Oil on canvas by Carl Emil Doepler. Processions also take place with the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday, the beginning of the Triduum. “O truly blessed Night, sings the Exultet of the Easter Vigil which alone deserved to know the time and the hour when Christ rose from the realm of the dead!”
This lesson focuses on the Mass in the context of the Sacred Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday), which is the most central and important Liturgical celebration in the year. While our lessons in the Life of Christ course includes sections on the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ, this lesson will focus on the Liturgy of the Sacred Triduum. In this lesson we will look at the liturgical texts of the 1962 Rite of the Roman Mass since many of our readers are not familiar with these texts and can learn from them. The spirituality described in this lesson; however, applies to all Catholics attending any Rite of the Mass.
The following excerpts are taken from “The Church’s Year” by Fr. Leonard Goffine.
Instruction on Palm Sunday
Why is this day called Palm Sunday?
In memory of our Saviour’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, when the multitude strewed palm branches before Him, for which reason the Church, on this day, blesses palms, and carries them in procession.
Why are palms blessed?
That those who carry them with devotion, or keep them in their houses, may receive protection of soul and body, as prayed for in the blessing; that those who carry the palms may, by means of the prayers of the Church, adorn their souls with good works and thus, in spirit, meet the Saviour; that, through Christ whose members we are, we may conquer the kingdom of death and darkness, and be made worthy to share in His glorious resurrection and triumphant entrance into heaven. St. Augustine writes of the palms: “They are the emblem of praise, and sign of victory, because the Lord by death conquered death, and with the sign of victory, the cross, overcame the devil, the prince of death.” Therefore, preceded by the cross, we go in procession around the church singing hymns of praise; when we come to the church door, we find it locked; the priest knocks at it with the cross. Heaven was closed to us by the sin of Adam, and it is opened to us by reconciliation through Jesus on the cross.
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