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The Sacred Triduum in pictures.

2010 March 29
by Gordon Reid


The first of the three holy days is Maundy Thursday, when we celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in gold festal vestments. The altar cross is veiled in white, instead of purple.


At the end of the Mass, the Blessed Sacrament is carried in procession to the Altar of Repose in the St John's Chapel. It is locked in an urn and a Watch is kept through the night till noon on Good Friday.

All the other altars in the Church are stripped bare.

Then a procession is made to the Upper Room (the hall on the first floor of the parish House) where the celebrant washes the feet of twelve people as Our Lord washed the feet of the apostles.


At noon on Good Friday we have the Mass of the Presanctified, readings and the singing of the Passion narrative according to John.

Then follows the Solemn Veneration of the Cross.

The service ends with Communion from the Sacrament reserved last night.


All the lamps and candles in church are extinguished. New Fire is kindled and carried through the church to the paschal Candle at the High Altar. The Exultet, a hymn of praise, is sung to the Candle, representing Christ the Light of the World.

Then the Font is solemnly blessed and the Litany of the Saints is sung.

Then follows the First High Mass of Easter.

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  1. April 5, 2010

    I saw that on Good Friday you gave the holy communion only under one kind. It is not difficult to preserve the holy blood in the chalice for 24 hours.

    Which manner have you used for the Easter vigil? Traditional vespered one (as in all the rites), or the Bugnini-fabricated one?

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