On the Proper Celebration of the Paschal Triduum
Christ the paschal victim is the center and end point of the celebration of the paschal Triduum. These three days that is preceded by the season of lent and holy week is the summit of the liturgical year. Knowing its importance we are therefore issuing these reminders and suggestions that will contribute for a meaningful celebration of the greatest feast in the liturgical year.
Lent is the period of time when the church prepares for the journey towards the joy of Easter. In the past Ash Wednesday was preceded by practices that are incompatible to the demands of the Gospel. Mardigras and the celebration of carnivale festivals were held with so much excess immorality. Lenten practices and the celebration of Holy week are not only annual events, they are moments of spiritual transformation and rejuvenation for all the faithful.
In order that our celebrations to be truly meaningful, much effort must be given to its preparation. We are to steadfastly observe the prescriptions of the Roman Sacramentary and the regulations that are given in these guidelines.
May these reminders help us in preparing our people to enter the full joy of Easter and contemplate the face of Christ-the redeemer of man.
Rev. Fr. Christian Edward L. Abao
Director, Diocesan Commission on Liturgy
Most Rev. Leo M. Drona SDB, DD
Bishop of San Pablo