Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter—Free PowerPoint Presentation

Holy Week PowerPoint presentation by Joe Paprocki

Whether it’s with a deep breath, a soft prayer, or a slight push, there are things we do to get ready. These final touches, and many others, are examples of our personal preparedness, and it is just as important to prepare and ready ourselves as it is to experience. Today I’m offering a way to help us get ready for the end of Lent with a free PowerPoint presentation on Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter.

The slide presentation is perfect for older children, teens, and adults. Topics addressed include:

  • What it means to call something holy
  • Palm Sunday
  • What the Triduum is
  • Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday
  • The Passion of the Lord on Good Friday
  • The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday
  • The 50 Days of Easter

Don’t miss this great opportunity to get this free slideshow that can assist you in teaching about our holiest time of the year: Holy Week. Fill out the below form to receive the free slideshow.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus.

12 Comments on Holy Week, the Triduum, and Easter—Free PowerPoint Presentation

  1. I downloaded the PowerPoint for Triduum, thank you. I can not see the notes because I only have PowerPoint viewer. Could you send the notes please?

  2. Kevin writes:

    I was very excited to receive the free download of Joe Paprocki’s slideshow on Lent, Triduum, and Easter. Very well done!

    However, there appears to be one major error in the description of the Sacred Triduum as being Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The Sacred Triduum is actually Good Friday (along with it’s “eve” on Holy Thursday), Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday (through Vespers).

    I realize that it’s easier to describe the Triduum as the three principal “extraordinary” liturgies on these days, but it is not accurate.

    • Thanks Kevin for your kind words about the slideshow on Lent, Triduum, and Easter. As for your correction, I understand the point you are making and technically you are right: the Triduum begins on Thursday evening, following the Jewish pattern of days beginning with sundown. It’s confusing, however, to tell people that the Triduum begins on Good Friday as per your comment. The evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper takes place on Holy Thursday (as per the Roman Missal which identifies the Triduum as beginning with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on “Thursday of Holy Week (Holy Thursday).” I do explain on the script for slide 10 that “The Triduum—meaning “the three days”—begins at sunset on Holy Thursday. For the Jewish people, the day began at sunset. That means that the three days of the Triduum go from Thursday evening to Friday evening (Day 1), to Saturday evening (Day 2), to Easter Sunday evening (Day 3).” Thanks for your point but I believe the way I’ve described it is accurate.

  3. Nancy writes:

    Dear Joe,

    Once again, you’ve provided us with such a wonderfully rich resource for Holy Week! I’m grateful for your continued support.

    God bless~
    Nancy

  4. Joe, many thanks for this — as well as for your other publications. I’ve enjoyed them, too, and mentioned that to your brother, the Bishop, when he came to Lubbock last September for the “Red Mass” for the beginning of the Legal sessions. Y’all must make a mighty team!!

  5. In the notes for Slide 24 you state “Following these Scripture readings, we sing the “Gloria” to announce the Resurrection of Jesus! All of the lights are turned back on and bells are rung to signify this glorious moment.”

    In the Roman Missal it states “And lights are lit throughout the church, except for the altar candles” right before the Easter Proclamation. Before the Gloria it states “the altar candles are lit and bells rung”.

    Just wondering if churches are still waiting til before the Gloria to turn on the lights when the Roman Missal states they should be turned on before the Easter Proclamation. Last year we followed the Roman Missal and I heard some complaints that people wished the lights stayed off until the Gloria. Any thoughts? Thanks for the slides.

    • Hi Bridget and thanks for your comment and question. Thanks especially for pointing out the rubrics stated in the Roman Missal. From my own experience, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the lights turned on at the same time in the various churches I’ve attended on the Easter Vigil! Recently, my experience has been waiting until the Gloria to turn them on but that has been a judgment call made by the pastoral team at the parish I attended. It’s always best for teams to know what the Roman Missal says and why and then be ready to catechize the faithful accordingly. Of course, last year, the parish I attended lit the fire outside the church a half hour before sunset so that was a bit peculiar (and frustrating).

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