The annual celebration of the Triduum – especially in the liturgies of Holy Thursday evening, Good Friday and Holy Saturday night – is THE celebration of the Church’s Year.
What we celebrate over these days are the events of the Paschal Mystery, the heart of all Christian life and prayer. In actions of washing and veneration, with symbols of lights and fire and care, with the Cross, with water, oil and bread and wine we trace again the events of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus. And as we do this, in doing what what the Church has faithfully done from the earliest times, we rehearse our faith, and deepen our encounter with the living, loving, Risen Lord.
The celebrations are for the whole Church, but it is especially important that we introduce the children of the parish to these liturgies, and incorporate them into the celebration. These liturgies are distinguished from others in the year in all sorts of ways, including the washing of feet, procession with the Blessed Sacrament and the watching at the altar of repose; the veneration of the Cross, the blessing of Easter fire and of the Paschal Candle, the blessing of the water of the font and so on. All of these give opportunities for children to take a central part in the various celebrations of the Liturgy…
The children of Year 3 who are preparing for their First Holy Communion and the children of Year 6 who have been recently confirmed are especially invited to take this active part. This year there is also an opportunity for other children to join leading our parish Stations of the Cross on Good Friday morning, helping enact the scenes of the Passion (costumes provided!)
To take part please come along – children and parents – to the meeting on Sunday, 18th March, after the 11am Mass. In the half-hour meeting you will learn more about these liturgies, the ways in which the children can help and the chance to sign up for the different Liturgies.