As we enter the Sacred Triduum, it is our sincere hope and prayer that your experience of these high holy days is in communion with Our Lord. As Catholics, we are blessed with these rich and intricate liturgies, some of the most ancient in the Church, to lead us to the realization that “We are an Easter people and hallelujah is our song.” (St. John Paul II)
When the hour came, He took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for, I tell you, I shall not eat it [again] until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”
Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; for I tell you [that] from this time on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 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.”
And likewise the cup after they had eaten saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you. Luke 22:14-20
Eileen M. Lapington, Ph.D.
Cardinal Newman Academy