The Sacred Triduum: The Stripping of the Altar and the Washing of the Feet

Continuing from the previous entry, concluding the rites of Maundy Thursday.   The Stripping of the Altar After taking off their Eucharistic vestments and wearing violet stoles, the sacred ministers and the acolytes return to the main altar of the church. Vespers can be recited by the choir in monotone while the altar party is… Continue reading The Sacred Triduum: The Stripping of the Altar and the Washing of the Feet

The Sacred Triduum: The Mass of Maundy Thursday and the Altar of Repose

Due to the length and complexities of the rituals of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, I will break each day up into two parts. It is particularly interesting to me how the rituals of the two days are so intimately intertwined that the Good Friday liturgies cannot take place without the things that occur on… Continue reading The Sacred Triduum: The Mass of Maundy Thursday and the Altar of Repose