Feet first

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
We kick off the Easter Triduum with a tradition that helps to keep our faith sure-footed.

When the church gathers on the night of Holy Thursday, its business is to leave the 40 days of Lent and enter the Triduum, the three days at the heart of the Catholic community’s life. So whether Lent has been strenuous or a disaster, we leave it behind on this Thursday evening. Ready or not, we begin the Triduum.


Feet first

By Gabe Huck| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
We kick off the Easter Triduum with a tradition that helps to keep our faith sure-footed.

When the church gathers on the night of Holy Thursday, its business is to leave the 40 days of Lent and enter the Triduum, the three days at the heart of the Catholic community’s life. So whether Lent has been strenuous or a disaster, we leave it behind on this Thursday evening. Ready or not, we begin the Triduum.


Lip service

By Gabe Huck| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The liturgy of Good Friday gathers believers of every generation before the Tree of Life.

hose of us in our 60s and beyond remember something like this from our youthful Good Fridays: After what seemed like an eternity of Latin readings (mostly John’s account of the Passion), followed by another eternity (during which the interesting part was seeing if you could actually get both knees on the kneeler before the pastor semi-chanted, “Levate”), we got something more than words: a procession.


Lip service

By Gabe Huck| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
The liturgy of Good Friday gathers believers of every generation before the Tree of Life.

hose of us in our 60s and beyond remember something like this from our youthful Good Fridays: After what seemed like an eternity of Latin readings (mostly John’s account of the Passion), followed by another eternity (during which the interesting part was seeing if you could actually get both knees on the kneeler before the pastor semi-chanted, “Levate”), we got something more than words: a procession.


Famous last words

By Alice Camille| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
Seven prominent religious and community leaders from different Christian traditions reflect on Jesus' Seven Last Words from the cross.

The final words of a dying person are precious to those left behind. When time is short, one has a chance to speak only of the most important things--love, forgiveness, faith. The last words are often the summation of a life, cherished and pondered long after the loved one has died. The final testament of a human life can be known in these words.


Famous last words

By Alice Camille| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
Seven prominent religious and community leaders from different Christian traditions reflect on Jesus' Seven Last Words from the cross.

The final words of a dying person are precious to those left behind. When time is short, one has a chance to speak only of the most important things--love, forgiveness, faith. The last words are often the summation of a life, cherished and pondered long after the loved one has died. The final testament of a human life can be known in these words.


For us and for our salvation?

By Heidi Schlumpf| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
Mel Gibson's The Passion graphically portrayed Christ's death--and perfectly illustrated the traditional doctrine of atonement. But if God uses torture to save, what does that say to victims of violence, and what does it say about God?

For us and for our salvation?

By Heidi Schlumpf| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons Scripture and Theology
Mel Gibson's The Passion graphically portrayed Christ's death--and perfectly illustrated the traditional doctrine of atonement. But if God uses torture to save, what does that say to victims of violence, and what does it say about God?

How I almost missed Good Friday

By James Philipps| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Philips describes how Easter season often brings feelings of conviction and discomfort over his self-centeredness.



How I almost missed Good Friday

By James Philipps| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons
Philips describes how Easter season often brings feelings of conviction and discomfort over his self-centeredness.



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