Sacraments During The Triduum

A quick primer on sacraments during the Paschal Triduum:

Baptism takes place at the Easter Vigil, or on Easter morning, possibly. Infants don’t seem to fit at the Vigil very well, and Sunday Mass can be quite busy, if not overcrowded. But I’ve seen infant baptism at both here and there through the years.

Confirmation takes place at the Easter Vigil. I’ve never seen a Confirmation on Easter morning, but some places separate out baptized candidates from the elect, and might confirm Easter morning. It’s a possibility, but likely not common.

The Eucharist. There is Mass on Thursday, a Communion service on Friday, and Masses at the Vigil and on Sunday. The Eucharist may be brought to the sick on Thursday, but this is encouraged/urged to be done after Mass on Thursday night. Communion may be brought to the sick at any time on Good Friday. It may only be given to the dying on Saturday. I’ve seen the occasional child’s First Communion on Easter Sunday, but never a large parish group.

Penance and Anointing of the Sick may be celebrated at any time during the Triduum.

Marriages cannot take place on Friday or Saturday. The Nuptial Mass is not permitted on Thursday, though a couple may marry in the context of a Word service. Sometimes there’s a sensitive spot of the need for a marriage to be convalidated. I saw that at an Easter Vigil 25 years ago.

Ordination is not listed in my references. Obviously a Mass is impossible and I’ve never heard of a priest being ordained without the celebration of Mass.

The funeral Mass is not celebrated during the Triduum. If a funeral is celebrated on Good Friday, it is outside of Mass, and there is no music to be played whatsoever: no singing, no accompaniment, and no church bells.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Sacraments During The Triduum

  1. FrMichael says:

    That’s a good summary– thanks.

  2. Anne says:

    Three funeral masses were celebrated at my church yesterday ( Wednesday) for parishioners who passed on Monday.

  3. Melody says:

    Our parish will have three funerals on the three days after Easter Sunday. One of them passed on the 15th; for various reasons the funeral couldn’t be held until a full week later on the 22nd. It’s rough on the family when it’s that long of an interval.

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