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Pastor's Blog - The Triduum Begins... 3 Holy Days

The Triduum Begins... 3 Holy Days

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

The Triduum refers to the three holy days that begin this evening and continue to Sunday morning. Join us as we walk with our Savior through the darkness of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday into the light of Easter morning.

Today, Maundy Thursday @ 3:30 and 7:00 pm

The term "maundy" comes from "mandatum," the Latin word for "commandment." Jesus gave us the "new commandment" to love one another. 

This is also the evening Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper. Our services this evening will celebrate the love that the Savior has given to us in this Holy Supper.

Good Friday Tenebrae @ 1:00, 3:30 & 7:00 pm

The "tenebrae" or service of darkness reminds us that "darkness came over the whole land" from noon until 3 pm. We walk with Jesus into the darkness of our own sin and the burden of our guilt that he bore for us on the cross. 

Easter Vigil/Easter Sunrise Saturday @ 5:00 pm & Sunday @ 6:00 am

These identical services take us early to the tomb with Mary Magdalene that we might see and believe that Jesus has risen just as he said. Death is defeated. We too shall rise! 

Easter Festival @ 7:45, 9:15 & 10:45 am

These three identical services feature our orchestra, handbells and choir as they lead us in celebrating Jesus' resurrection. We will pay close attention to the witnesses so that the Holy Spirit might remove our doubts and fears. 

Easter at The Bridge @ 10:15 am (Communion at 9:45 am)

This service features the same message as the Festival Services but celebrated with contemporary song. Prepare for this special worship by a short confession/communion service at 9:45 am. 

Worship Online

Many of you will be out of town this weekend. Join us Live at The Bridge at 10:15 am. You can watch any of our library of messages here.  The Triduum messages will be available online early next week. 

If you want to avoid the crowds... 

The Good Friday 1:00 pm service and the Easter Sunday 9:15 am service are always the most crowded. If you are able to shift your worship time, consider attending one of the other services those days.

Triduum... three days that change everything for us. Praise be to God!

Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Pete
for the St. Paul's Ministerial Team


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