Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Catholic liturgy (and other Christian liturgical traditions) endows the ceremonies of the Paschal Triduum with a rich tapestry of gestures, words, light, music and incense that bestow transcendence on the actions and events they signify. This union of the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine, offers to sinful man the possibility of a transforming experience of the Love of a merciful and forgiving God. The Word of God, His Son, made man, who teaches us all truth about God and man himself, who dies on the Cross for us, and who rose from the tomb and proceeds us into our definitive home in Heaven becomes real to our senses in the words and signs of the liturgy. This is the mysterious and sacramental character of the liturgies of the Paschal Triduum.