PS 40: Liturgy of the Hours During the Triduum

Jesus arms outstretchedRemember, you can check the document Paschale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet.

The end of Holy Week is a disruption for a number of good Catholics. The regular Mass schedule is interrupted for three days. But there is an alternative:

40. It is recommended that there be a communal celebration of the Office of Readings and Morning Prayer on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. It is fitting that the bishop should celebrate the Office in the cathedral, with as far as possible the participation of the clergy and people. (Cf. Ceremonial of Bishops, 296; GILH 210)

My parishes have not done the Office of Readings. Morning Prayer is important, I think. People do come for it, though not in the numbers seen at daily Mass. Does your diocesan bishop follow this directive of presiding at the Office in the cathedral parish? If I were a cathedral musician, this would be a priority, I think.

This Office, formerly called “Tenebrae”, held a special place in the devotion of the faithful, as they meditated upon the passion, death and burial of the Lord, while awaiting the announcement of the Resurrection.

Night Prayer is also a good choice for Thursday and Friday. But we’ll get there soon enough.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to PS 40: Liturgy of the Hours During the Triduum

  1. Liam says:

    Morning prayer is common, but not universal, in my neck of the woods. I have never seen the Office of Readings mentioned in announcements of those morning liturgies.

    Tenebrae has been making a slow revival since the late 1980s.

  2. FrMichael says:

    My parish does a combined OOR/MP on the mornings of Holy Thursday to Saturday. Attendance is about 30 (daily Masses are about 50 without the school children). Since the combined hours are about the length of the daily Mass, it seems to work out. We also start our Holy Saturday RCIA retreat at the OOR/MP, so that boosts the numbers that day.

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