The Triduum

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes, Communications, Coronavirus

Dear Christ Church,

Today we enter the Triduum, the three-day period beginning with the Last Supper, which we commemorate tonight (Maundy Thursday Service, 8pm), and culminating in the resurrection of our Lord. Join us for an evening prayer service tonight, with a special teaching by Dr. Sandra Richter, professor of Old Testament at Westmont College. I’ve already seen what she’s prepared for us, and you don’t want to miss it!

Good Friday 8pm. Join us tomorrow night for our Good Friday Service, one of the most powerful services of the year. Because of the nature of the testimonies we will hear, which are extraordinarily personal and weighty, I’d like to encourage you to participate with the following recommendations in mind: (1) Eliminate all distractions and be as present as you possibly can; (2) Try to avoid watching alone, even if you live alone . . . Consider screen sharing the live stream with one or more friends and/or otherwise being in communication with others as you enter these stories; (3) Because of the nature of some of the personal trials shared in these testimonies, we recommend that children and middle-schoolers be provided with an alternative while you are participating in this service; (4) Keep in mind that this is, of all the days in the year, the one in which we look most unflinchingly at the pain of our world, but not as a people without hope.

It is because we know the difficult reality of Holy Week and the Triduum so well, that the Feast of the Resurrection emerges as a table in the wilderness, spread for parched and hungry souls.