Weekends are for “chilling,” aren’t they? It’s a much anticipated respite from the drag of the work week. We might head to our favorite watering hole, have dinner, and spend a leisurely Saturday into Sunday interspersed with some errands and household tasks.
Then you get this invitation from a perplexing Padre to consider observing this strange three day spiritual marathon called the “Sacred Triduum.” Carving out three evenings—Thursday, Friday, and Saturday— to go to a church service seems awfully countercultural in this postmodern age. Maybe, given the tragedy in Belgium—36 persons now reported dead after the terrorist attack—a departure from the norm of our typical weekend is just what we need to regain some perspective on life.
What’s the draw to this alternative? If we are willing to make the buy-in, what’s the return we can expect for our time investment? If you find the right place to check in, you will likely:
- Experience artistically choreographed holy drama based on some of the most ancient rituals in the Christian tradition.
- Listen to thoughtful, imaginative, stimulating preaching that may give you a whole new perspective on religion and faith.
- Hear some of the most magnificent music passed down through the ages.
- Be aware of all your senses being engaged by color, smells, sights, sounds, touch and taste.
It’s kind of a pilgrimage into the first century, making stops along the way to follow the last hours in the life of Jesus through the washing of feet, dining on holy food and drink, relating of a story, reverencing a cross, and encountering a roaring fire that breaks through the darkness and suggests the hope we might discover beyond it.
If you are up for a really counter cultural weekend, spend some time with us at St. Paul’s. You’ll find details and time on our website – www.stpaulsnorwalk.org
Belgium has declared three days of mourning following the twin attacks on its capital city this morning. Might we join them in solidarity by our countercultural presence at this “Sacred Triduum”—our three days of prayerful reflection?
The way I see it, you may well be transported to a “thin place” by the words you hear, the ritual that unfolds around you, and the mystery of life, death, and resurrection imbedded in all of it. Not a bad way to spend some leisure time. Not a bad way to think about what’s very wrong in the world and what’s still very good about it.