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Pope previews Easter Triduum at weekly audience

March 31, 2010

At his public audience on Wednesday, March 31, Pope Benedict XVI offered a preview of the Easter Triduum, during which the Church will be "living through the holy days that invite us to meditate upon the central events of our Redemption, the essential nucleus of our faith."

The liturgical events of Holy Thursday begin with the Chrism Mass, which will have a special significance during this Year for Priests, the Pope said. He urged all the world's priests to be "heralds of hope, reconciliation, and peace."

There follows the commemoration of the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday, followed by the Way of the Cross on Good Friday and the "great silence" on Easter Saturday. The Pope encouraged the faithful to use that time for sacramental Confession, to prepare for the moment on Easter Sunday when "that silence will be broken by the cry of Alleluia."


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