RITES FOR HOLY WEEK AND PASCHAL TRIDUUM 2024

Circular No. 2024 – 20
19 March 2024

TO: ALL THE CLERGY, RELIGIOUS MEN AND WOMEN, LAY COLLABORATORS IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF MANILA

RE: RITES FOR HOLY WEEK AND PASCHAL TRIDUUM 2024
Dear Reverend Monsignori, Fathers, Brothers, and Sisters,
Greetings of peace in the Lord!

We are sending you herewith a copy of the rites for Holy Week and Paschal Triduum, prepared by the Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission, which you may use in your respective parishes and communities.

During Holy Week the Church celebrates the mysteries of salvation accomplished by Christ in the last days of his life on earth, beginning with his messianic entrance into Jerusalem. The Lenten season lasts until the Thursday of this week. The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, is continued through Good Friday with the celebration of the passion of the Lord and Holy Saturday, reaches its summit in the Easter Vigil, and concludes with Vespers of Easter Sunday. The days of Holy Week, from Monday to Thursday inclusive, have precedence over all other celebrations. (Paschalis Solemnitatis, 27).

The greatest mysteries of redemption are celebrated yearly by the Church beginning with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday until Vespers of Easter Sunday. This time is called “the triduum of the crucified, buried and risen”[42]; it is also called the “Easter Triduum” because during it is celebrated the Paschal Mystery, that is, the passing of the Lord from this world to his Father. The Church by the celebration of this mystery, through liturgical signs and sacramentals, is united to Christ her Spouse in intimate communion (Paschalis Solemnitatis, 38).

Thank you very much. May you have a blessed and meaningful celebration of the Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum. Let us unite ourselves in prayer.

Sincerely in the Lord Jesus,

FR. CARMELO P. ARADA, JR.
Vice Chancellor

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