The Holy Triduum (pronounced tri-doo-um). “Triduum” is a Latin word that simply refers to “Three Days”. Early Christians thought of this as one service that spanned three days. These were not three separate services but one single service. Therefore there is one worship folder and there is no benediction (sending with a blessing) until the very end.
Our service concludes on Saturday night at a liturgy called The Great Easter Vigil. In the Bible days begin at dusk: “There was evening and morning: the first day.” So, beginning at nightfall, we gather to celebrate Jesus’ victory over death by recounting the entire story of God’s salvation from Creation to New Creation. This night is unforgettable. We pull out all the stops and declare that Jesus is alive and break the Lenten silence by saying, “Alleluia! He is risen!”
This is also the night where we baptize or reaffirm the baptism of The Catechumenate!