Teacher-Written Lesson

Traditions of the Triduum

  • Written by Theresa Simeo
  • 20 minutes for each section

Lesson Overview

Good Liturgy is not a re-enactment of something that happened over 2000 years ago but an actual participation in the events themselves, by faith. They are outside of time and made present in our Liturgical celebrations and in our reception of the Sacraments. Every Liturgy is an invitation to enter into the sacrifice of Calvary which occurred once and for all. That one Sacrifice is re-presented at every Altar in every Holy Mass. Our Holy Week invites us to participate in the timeless Paschal Mystery, the saving life, suffering, passion, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Over the course of this Holy Week we attend the Last Supper and receive the gift of the Holy Eucharist, the Body, Blood Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. We enter into the deep meaning of the Holy priesthood and are invited to pour ourselves out like the water in the basins used to wash feet on Holy Thursday. We are asked with the disciples in the Gospel accounts we hear proclaimed to watch with the Lord and to enter with him into his anguish by imitating His Holy surrender in his Sacred Humanity in the Garden of Gethsemane.

This lesson plan helps teachers explain the beautiful traditions found in the Triduum Liturgies to their students. 

Recommended For

Grade Level: High School, Middle School

Subject: Religion, Living as a Disciple of Jesus Christ in Society

Learner: Traditional Classroom, Advanced Placement, Homeschooled Students, CCD/Parish-Based Education, Classical Education

Tagged as: easter, lent, liturgical life, liturgical year, liturgy, triduum

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