The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil.

The liturgical services that take place during the Triduum are:

  • Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
  • Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

Check out this visual overview of what to expect and how to get the most out of the three holiest days of the year. While certainly not exhaustive, this Illustrated Guide will provide a good overview of what to expect and how to get the most out of the three days leading to Easter.

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  1. Love this, but can’t read it! Anyone know how to change print to black and make it larger…perhaps a two page spread?

    • Try this
      on picture to make it interactive.
      fingers to expand and enlarge. (Pinch first finger and thumb together, touch on screen.. spread fingers apart to enlarge display)

  2. In the Illustrated Guide under Holy Thursday it is stated that Jesus celebrated the Passover/Seder – Last Supper with his disciples….only problem is that the Seder did not come into existence until the year 70 CE after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem…So the Last Supper WAS NOT a Seder Meal. As for calling the Last Supper a Passover meal, not all there Gospels are in agreement on this.

  3. May we print copies of this to hand out at a Lent Program? I tried to read the permissions section of the poster, but the print is too small.

  4. My name is Camille Wildes and I would like to put your Triduum Illustration in our bulletin for St. John Vianney in Brookfield, WI. Can I get permission to do so and do you have a pdf of this file for us to use? Thank you for your consideration.


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