The Sacred Triduum: The Blessing of the Font, the Litanies, and the Vesperal Mass

Continuing from the previous post:   The Blessing of the Font Towards the end of the final, Twelfth Prophecy, the acolytes light their candles. One of them, perhaps the thurifer, takes the Paschal Candle from the column, and another takes the processional cross. After the final Prophecy is concluded, the sacred ministers remove their maniples,… Continue reading The Sacred Triduum: The Blessing of the Font, the Litanies, and the Vesperal Mass

The Sacred Triduum: The New Fire and Prophecies of Holy Saturday

The Tenebrae of Holy Saturday is a service of sorrow, similar to the Lamentations Service of the Orthodox I briefly examined in the previous blog post. The antiphons of both Matins and Lauds refer to death, burial, and mourning. The Canticle at Lauds is the Song of Hezekiah, normally sung on Tuesdays, the opening verse… Continue reading The Sacred Triduum: The New Fire and Prophecies of Holy Saturday

The Sacred Triduum: Holy Saturday and the Problem of Time

My apologies for the very belated update. When I began work on the last entries of the Triduum after the Easter Octave my laptop charger broke. I return to finish the final three entries now that my new charger has arrived.   When is the Easter Vigil to be celebrated? Most of us, having grown… Continue reading The Sacred Triduum: Holy Saturday and the Problem of Time