Reeson’s Ramblings :: April 1, 2018
The Holy Triduum
“The sacred Paschal Triduum of the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord shines forth as the high point of the entire liturgical year.” –Vatican II Council
The Triduum is the high point of the Church year, but it can’t be celebrated if it’s just Fr. Pat and me doing it. Lots of people must be involved – including the people’s participation from the pews. I’ve been part of Triduum services all over the world, celebrated at locations ranging from beautiful churches to tents. The facility is not as important as what happens at the celebrations.
The reason I love the Triduum here and the reason our celebrations “shine forth” is because we have the best people who do so many great things. There are literally hundreds of people who have helped over the course of Holy Week and Easter, from servers, sacristans, and deacons to musicians, RCIA candidates, catechists, and many others. Many of our helpers are usually unseen, such as those who decorate our church, clean the carpets, prepare our altar linens and Pascal Candle, and countless other things.
I want to thank everybody who has shared their time and talent and who has taken part in this celebration in any way, and especially those who helped make it all come together!
Finally, I’ll thank Archbishop Lucas who will be installing two of our parishioners as acolytes on April 7th. Rob Kellar and Tracy Ortgies have been in formation to become deacons for our parish. Now that they are going to be installed as acolytes, we’re going to put them to work!
In Omaha, we only have acolytes if the bishop expects them to become clergy later, so we aren’t used to seeing them at Mass. At some Masses you’ll see them wearing a white alb, carrying in the processional cross, sitting with the servers, and helping distribute communion. In the process, they’ll start to realize some of what they got themselves into. God willing (and Archbishop willing), they’ll be ordained next year.
I want to thank Maura Kellar and Renae Ortgies for forming their husbands in such a way that they can serve our parish, for agreeing that they should serve, and for growing with them spiritually as they deepen their faith as a couple.