I absolutely love Holy Week, especially the Triduum. It’s what we are all about. It is also Catholicism at its best. Today, we celebrated Palm Sunday Mass at St. Julie Billiart in Tinley Park…what a beautiful liturgy and a splendid way to enter into Holy Week.
When I say that Holy Week and the Triduum are Catholicism at its finest, I mean that the power of the liturgies…word and sign…touch us at our deepest core. Catholicism is sacramental…we rely on much more than words. We turn to symbol and ritual to express the profound mystery of faith.
Because these liturgies are so exquisite, I must admit to being a Holy Week snob…I absolutely cannot tolerate poor liturgy during Holy Week. I can barely tolerate poor liturgy at any other time of the year, but Holy Week includes the most powerful and profound rituals and symbols of our faith. To see these done in a perfunctory manner is intolerable.
OK….off of my high horse. Suffice to say, the liturgies of Holy Week have enormous catechetical power…they shape and form us while allowing us to express our deepest selves. Anything we can do to encourage our students to attend any of the Triduum services will go a long way in making an impact on their faith.
Let us pray that all those repsonble for preparing for these liturgies may be guided by the Holy Spirit to do so with the greatest respect and reverence.