To fully appreciate Easter, attending the Triddum is a must

To fully appreciate Easter, attending the Triddum is a must
To fully appreciate Easter and its significance one needs to go through the beauty of the Triduum. This is a very beautiful and intense period for Christians and is composed of three celebrations.

It starts on Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, where a mass is celebrated including the rite of washing the feet of 12 men who are acting as the apostles. This is in commemoration of the Last Supper that Jesus, or the Passover meal, had with his apostles on the night before his crucifixion. During this celebration we also reflect on the institution of the Holy Eucharist.

The day after, is Good Friday, where Christians fast and go through mourning and reflection about Christ’s sacrifice. Jesus’s passion is celebrated in different ways in different countries. Even though there is no mass on Good Friday, many Christians still go to church so as to pray. There is a celebration held at 3 in the afternoon where the cross is glorified. Passion plays are prepared by many Christian communities, and pilgrimages too. There are also statues depicting the various Stations of the Cross in many churches. Christians also fast on Good Friday and many refrain from eating meat and dairy products.

On Saturday evening there is the Easter Vigil. This is the official celebration of Jesus’s resurrection. A special mass is held where the baptismal vows and the fact that Jesus is the light of our life are the focal point along with several readings about the history of Salvation and the Litany of the Saints. Candles are lit to signify that Jesus brings light to our life, and since these cast a warm glow on the otherwise dark church, there is a great sense of joy signified. Instead of or in addition to attending mass on Holy Saturday, there are many Christians who go on Easter Sunday.

The Triduum is thus a journey which reaches its peak on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, and if one does not appreciate it in its entirety one cannot say that he is appreciating the real value of Easter.


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I have to disagree.

I have to disagree with this. I know a few people myself who do appreciate Easter fully whom do not attend anything like this. I believe it's how you look at Easter and what you see it as, as to whether or not you fully appreciate Easter and what it is all about. Should people be forced to attend the Triddum to prove that they fully appreciate Easter? No, I don't and that is because no one should have to prove themselves if they do not wish to and people should take them at their word when they say that they do appreciate.
Posted by Shortie on 04-15-2017

I don't think so.

I feel as though this has nothing to do with Easter. There are plenty alternatives as significant as the Triddum. Unless it was mandated by the bible, I would not focus on it too hard. In fact, tell me where it says attending the Tridum is required to get into heaven. Exactly.
Posted by Dola91 on 05-01-2017

I don't agree to this

I don't really agree that to fully appreciate Easter, attending the Triddum is a must. As much as we are remembering the death of Christ especially by all Christian religion, I have the opinion that the observation one does within himself or herself right in the heart with all sincerity is the best way to appreciate and celebrate Easter.

Attending the Triddum in the name of truly appreciating Easter times is really not necessary to be judged with it as a yardstick for proper Easter observation. The one done within the heart is the best way to appreciating Easter celebration.

Posted by Heatman on 10-05-2017


There is no doubt that attending the full celebration of the Triduum would bring a greater understanding of the value of Easter. Each church is different though, and different people like to celebrate it in different ways.

Just because they don't attend the Triduum, does not mean to say that they are ignorant of Easter.
Posted by JMS on 06-28-2017
I did not know about any of this. I have only basically understood good Friday and Easter as the celebrations that most Christians celebrate. this is kind of interesting to learn about actually. It is one of the things I think we should know.
Posted by kgord on 07-02-2017
In my own opinion attending Triddum is not really necessary for an individual to fully appreciate Easter. We all understand what is Easter, and it doesn't make us less of a believer or understanding on what Easter really is.
Posted by DanoCath on 09-11-2017
Jesus, the center of the redemptive work, did not even say anything about the triduum - his focus after his resurrection was to spread salvation to every one, including Gentiles. Christians can fully appreciate the Resurrection without going through lent rituals every year. When I was a Catholic, I used to take part in every Church ritual there is, believing that these activities are required to save my soul. I have since become a fundamentalist Christian and have learned the true value of the Messiah's sacrifice and eventual victory through his resurrection.
Posted by chatbox on 10-05-2017
Well I am no longer a catholic but I have been raised in catholic tradition and took part in many of it's rituals when I was young. Can't say that it felt bad really. I appreciate the lectures and the doctrines as a whole. Still nowadays my life has led me through other alternative paths.
Posted by Marvadaum on 10-05-2017
Our observance of Lent includes the church traditions and one is what you mentioned about the washing of the feet. We also have the meeting of mother and son in the early morning of Easter – that’s the encounter of Jesus with his mother Mary. We wake up early to join the procession and the prayers from house to house. However, I have noticed that the church is getting less audience as years pass. Maybe it is the effect of technology that some people attend the mass on mobile and on tv.
Posted by Corzhens on 01-22-2018