Every Sunday in worship the church celebrates the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit gathers us to receive again the gifts of God that come to us through Christ, the saving Word. Throughout Holy Week, these central days of the church year, worship takes a particular shape.*
Holy Week is the week where the crowd’s joyous shouts of acclamation “Hosanna! Hosanna!” bleed into the mob’s chants of betrayal “Crucify Him!”
This journey is central to the life of the Christian Church. This is the week in the Christian year where we are invited to join Jesus in the Upper Room for a Passover meal, for the washing of feet, and ultimately for his betrayal. We are invited again to Pilate’s court, to an angry crowd looking for blood, and to the cross.
These central days of the church year have come to be known as the Three Days (or Triduum) recalling Jesus’ own words to his disciples that he would be handed over to death, and that “after three days he will rise again (Mark 10:34). The Three Days encompass the time from Maundy Thursday evening through the evening of Easter Day.
In particular, the services of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Vigil of Easter unfold in a single movement, as the church each year makes the passage with Christ through death into life.
During this most important festival of the Church Year, the Cathedral’s congregations join together to mark Holy Week and the great Three Days. Join us in marking these holy days together. A schedule for each day follows:
Holy Week Monday | Holy Week Tuesday | Holy Week Wednesday
*adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship