The Triduum are the three holy days that happen the week in between Palm Sunday and Easter. These days are called: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil (we hold our vigil at Sunrise on Easter Morning. Traditionally, the Easter Vigil is held on Saturday evening) are three days in the church year when we physically walk with Jesus from the table, to the cross, and to the tomb so that we might ponder the mystery of the Easter Mystery.
On Easter morning, we go with Mary Magdalene and witness with her, Jesus rise from the dead, but the three days before Easter explain why we even need to gather on Easter. These three days are important and go hand-in-hand. One does not make sense without the other. Though it might be hard to make it to church three times in a row, coming to these services are a great reminder of why we gather on Sunday mornings in the first place!
Of course, the best way to learn more about these Three Days is to experience them first-hand!
To help answer some of your questions about these three days, we have gathered a few resources for you to read and watch.
- There is a link from the ELCA explaining the three days: http://www.elca.org/en/Living-Lutheran/Ask-a-Pastor/2013/10/~/link.aspx?_id=8A91118FE3E341839E13E7444A33CBF6&_z=z
- There is a good Wikiapedia article explaining Maundy Thursday: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maundy_Thursday
- Check out this video from Gettysburg Seminary! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKcWuJVfY30]