Andrew Schaeffer, Director of Music Ministries
By the time you receive this edition of The Messenger, we’ll be about to enter the most important three days of the church year known in Latin as the Tridiuum or, in English, “The Three Days.” (If you’re wondering how Tridiuum is pronounced see me after church!) It is a time of year that begins on the evening of Maundy Thursday and continues through the evening of Easter. In some sense, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter are to be thought of as one continuous worship service. These three services are interconnected and work together to tell the whole story of the faith we proclaim every time we take Communion: “Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again!”
The word “Maundy” means “mandate” and at our Maundy Thursday service, we will commemorate two important mandates given from Jesus: the institution of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Super and His “new commandment” that we love one another as He has loved us. The service ends with the ancient practice of stripping the altar and sanctuary following Holy Communion as a vivid way of showing the desolation and abandonment of the long night in Gethsemane.
On Good Friday, we will have a simple yet poignant service designed to hear the proclamation of the passion, pray for the life and health of the world and meditate on the life-giving cross.
Of course, everyone reading this newsletter probably knows what happens on Easter. We will proclaim the risen Lord and the joy we have through our new life in Him with festive music, flowers, and pageantry!
I hope you can join us for as much of the Tridiuum as possible. Through these sacred three days, we will have a richer Easter celebration!