Thursday, April 05, 2012

Fighting for the 3 Days

Easter gets more and more squeezed. Because the percentage of Christians in our society declines, programs and decision are made without serious regard for these three days called the "Triduum." The what-uuum? Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter.
There are now sports tournaments over the Easter weekend, art openings at Christian colleges on Maundy Thursday, plays on Good Friday, and early shopping on Easter Sunday. I feel the compression of these three days into one. Maybe we could begin Easter morning with communion, read about the crucifixion during Sunday School and celebrate the resurrection at 11:00 a.m. and make it kind of one-stop-shopping.
In February when we offered a modified Ignatian Prayer Retreat for 6.5 hours, we who were in leadership wondered if anyone would come. Would anyone find 6.5 hours in their already jammed and over-scheduled days to devote to prayer. To our surprise, 11 turned into 25 which turned into 32. The comments keep coming back to me how hungry these members were for protected and relaxed time with God.
The 3 Days of the Triduum offer that same kind of slower pace into Easter. So tonight we will gather at 6:00 p.m. for a dinner together around tables and the celebrate both communion and foot washing in a slow and relaxed pace.
Friday night will be a gathering in the stripped sanctuary with nothing visible except for candles and a schrouded cross as we listen to the arrest, trial and crucifixion narrative from the Gospel of John.
Then Easter will be ripe and ready on Sunday morning.


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