Sunday : The Week :: The Triduum : The _________

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Many standardized tests use the formula seen in the title for word analogies. If you are not familiar with the formula, it is “translated” accordingly: “Sunday is to the week as the Triduum is to the ______.”

And the answer is: year. I learned this analogy years ago from the great liturgist, Gabe Huck, who made it a point to assert that, “Sunday is to the week as the Triduum is to the year.” In other words, just as we are to set aside one day of the week, Sunday, for God’s purposes (worship, renewal, works of mercy), we are also to set aside the three days of the Triduum for God’s purposes, in order to enter into the very core of our faith: our belief that death is not the end and that death is transformed into new life.

I encourage you to set aside these three days in a way that is similar to how we set aside Sunday from the rest of the week. May the Triduum be a period of renewal for you—a time to get back to the core of our faith and to experience new life in the Risen Christ!

Lord, by your Cross and Resurrection, you have saved the world. You have set us free!

About Joe Paprocki 2751 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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