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Sacred Traditions: The Easter Triduum at The Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains

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On a cold rainy evening, the Easter Triduum began in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery.

At the Cathedral, during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Gloria in Excelsis Deo was sung. Afterwards, bells and organ are silenced until the Gloria of the Easter Vigil. After Archbishop Schnurr’s homily, the ritual washing of the feet took place. The Mass concluded with a procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the altar of repose, followed by Eucharistic adoration. The faithful left in silence as the alter was stripped bare as it was readied for Good Friday.

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr recites the Penitential Act during the Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati March 29, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr recites the Penitential Act during the Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Chains in Cincinnati March 29, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Parishioners sing during the Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati March 29, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Parishioners sing during the Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Chains in Cincinnati March 29, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr kneels to wash the feet of a parishioner during the Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Chains Cathedral in Cincinnati March 29, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr kneels to wash the feet of a parishioner during the Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Chains in Cincinnati March 29, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr during the Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Chains "Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” LK 22: 19 (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr during the Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Chains “Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me.” LK 22: 19 (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr during the Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Chains. " And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.." LK 22:20 (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr during the Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Chains. ” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you..” LK 22:20 (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr processes the Blessed Sacrament for the Transfer of the Most Blessed Sacrament .(CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr processes the Blessed Sacrament for the Transfer of the Most Blessed Sacrament .(CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and Concelebrant Priests kneel before the Altar after the Transfer of the Most Blessed (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr and Concelebrant Priests kneel before the Altar after the Transfer of the Most Blessed (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)

On Good Friday at Noon, the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion began at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains.

Bishop Joseph Binzer says the Opening Prayer for the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati on Good Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Bishop Joseph Binzer says the Opening Prayer for the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati on Good Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Students from Cincinnati Moeller High School carry the Holy Cross for the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati on Good Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Students from Cincinnati Moeller High School carry the Holy Cross for the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati on Good Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Bishop Joseph Binzer venerates the Holy Cross during the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati on Good Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Bishop Joseph Binzer venerates the Holy Cross during the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati on Good Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
A pilgrim venerates the Holy Cross during the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati on Good Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
A pilgrim venerates the Holy Cross during the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati on Good Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
The Holy Cross lies in front of the Altar as the Choir of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral recesses during the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati on Good Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
The Holy Cross lies in front of the Altar as the Choir of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral recesses during the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains in Cincinnati on Good Friday, Mar. 30, 2018. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)

 

 

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