On Wednesday’s show we encouraged everyone in the San Antonio area to make plans to see Fr. Mitch Pacwa at the Divine Mercy Weekend April 25-27. Go to www.divinemercyweekendsa.org for more information on the event and to get tickets.
Sr. Grace Marie talked about a blog post by Matthew Warner, (reprinted in the National Catholic Register): Seven Steps to a Holier Life from Mother Theresa. The post can be found here.
Some of you had some great questions about the Easter Triduum and when Lent officially ends. Properly speaking, Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends the evening of Holy Thursday before the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. That doesn’t mean you can haul out the chocolate and steak yet, though, because the fast continues through Holy Saturday, which is the 40th day of the Lenten fast (it’s technically the 46th day, but all Sundays are a celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection, thus they are not days of penance and fasting and don’t make up part of the 40 day count).
The Easter Triduum, or Paschal Triduum, is part of the 40 days of Lent, but it is its own liturgical season. From the USCCB’s website: The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.
The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.
The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:
- Mass of the Lord’s Supper
- Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
- Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord
Lastly, the quote Sr. Grace Marie read from one of her favorite saints (whom she quotes a lot):
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.
-St. Francis de Sales
That’s good advice as we near the end of our Lenten journey through the desert.