Thursday, April 10, 2014

Your Triduum Plans

I shall be attending Roman Tenebrae on Wednesday night, the Holy Qurbana of the Syro-Malankara Church on Thursday, Vespers of burial followed by Jerusalem Mattins on Good Friday at a Byzantine Ukrainian parish, and then singing Vespers on Holy Saturday in the morning by myself on account of travelling to Houston that day. I will probably say Paschal Mattins and Lauds Saturday night and then either attend the Divine Liturgy at the Ruthenian Church or find a Latin Mass on Sunday, which ever is time permitting.

What will you be doing?


  1. Full pre-1956 rites for Palm Sunday w/ D & SD at our diocesan TLM parish.

    For the Triduum, we'll be reverting back to the proto-Novus Ordo rites and times, including, most unfortunately, morning Tenebrae. However, the latter will be sung exactly as written in our 1954 Libri Usuales w/ the Miserere and strepitus at the end.

    I have not yet decided how I will incorporate or not incorporate the correct Vespers on Holy Saturday vis-a-vis attending the evening Vigil. Last year, I sang them at midday at home and Compline in the evening before heading off to the Vigil. Very strange, but beautiful to sing those two Offices with the real texts. Paschal Mattins and Lauds will be sung before and during sunrise, respectively, at home (sleep is overrated it seems).

    1. Any way the Palm Blessing could be recorded? I would love to hear the blessing "preface" :-)

  2. I don't have anything spectacular planned, except to help out with some liturgies at the local SSPX chapel. The schedule for the chapel says that they will be doing a "Mass of the Pre-Sanctified" on Good Friday. But they are also doing the Easter Midnight Mass.

    1. Maestro, many places, including SSPX, refer to Good Friday's service as the "Mass of the Presanctified" but this is in name only, not the actual pre-1956 rite. The name sticks and sounds good, but it doesn't reflect the reality. I was affiliated with the SSPX for nine years (1990-1999) during which time I was often intimately involved with the liturgical ceremonies as an MC, and never once did they deviate from the 1962 Holy Week save an occasional "perfidis" on Good Friday.

    2. I see. I rather suspected that might be the case. Well then. Looks like I'm going 1962 this week!

  3. Will be going to the celebrations at our cathedral - Chrismal Mass Thursday morning with Mass of Our Lord's Supper in the late afternoon; Friday afternoon Mass of the Pre-Sanctified; Saturday evening, Paschal Vigil. All NO, but the cathedral tends to be the place - when our bishop presides - that has the best celebrations.

    All the while, we'll be envious of your schedule :-D

  4. Let's see (looking at my Church schedule, that I have taken from the refrigerator door):

    Tonight (Saturday), my wife and I will be singing at Great Vespers for the Feast of the Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem.

    Sunday morning, we will be (God willing) singing for the Festal Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Willows (and Palms) and Procession for Willow (or Palm) Sunday.

    Sunday afternoon, there will be Bridegroom Matins for Great and Holy Monday.

    Monday evening, there will be Bridegroom Matins for Great and Holy Tuesday (by anticipation).

    Normally, on Tuesday evening, there would have been Bridegroom Matins again, and the singing of the Hymn of Kassiani. Alas, we will instead be going to sing the Panikhida for a choir member of blessed memory, Bill Celestino, who has fallen asleep in the Lord.

    Normally, on Wednesday, there would have been the Blessing of Oil and the Mystery of Holy Unction in the evening. Alas, again, we will be having the funeral for our departed friend.

    On Thursday, we will be having Vespers and the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, a simple supper, and the Office of the Holy and Redeeming Passion, and the reading of the Gospels.

    On Friday noon, we will be having the Royal Hours, and then in the evening Vespers and the procession with the Shroud.

    On Saturday morning, we will be having the Matins and Lamentations of Great and Holy Saturday.

    On Saturday evening, we will be having the Reading of the Acts of the Apostles, the chanting of Nocturns, the Procession at midnight, Paschal Matins and Festal Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, and our usual blowout Paschal meal at 2 a.m. or so

    Triduum? We don' need no steenkin' Triduum!

    Sorry, but you asked.