The Triduum

Well, in the better late than never category I offer this post. I was hoping to publish this early last week but was delayed slightly in securing permissions from the original authors. My bad for getting a late start.

ITriduum particularly like this presentation because 1) it is very graphical, intuitive and easy to understand and 2) that for each of the three days, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday the information is presented in three categories: What happened that day, What you’ll see at Church, and Live the Day.

 

 

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RCIA – Did you know?

Holy Week is a most incredible time of the liturgical year. Palm Sunday and the triumphant entry into Jerusalem followed by the stark contrast of the Passion of our Lord and His glorious Resurrection.  But as we walk thru our ‘routine’ of Holy Thursday, and Good Friday and Easter its easy to forget another great victory. At Easter Vigil the Body of Christ will grow as our Catechumens receive the Sacraments of Christian Initiation and the Candidates are received into Full Communion with His Holy Church. As a cradle Catholic, I realized that I really didn’t know much about the RCIA process that brings people to Christ so I thought I’d share a quick summary of what I found.

 

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

  • RCIA is short for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
  • RCIA is a process where adults (and non-infant children) are brought into the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
  • Inquiry, Catechumenate, Purification and Preparation, and Mystagogy are the four phases of the RCIA program.
  • These four RCIA phases are a good model of basic faith development so understanding them can help us in our Life in Christ.

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Calling all Mackerel Snappers

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

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  • “Mackerel Snapper” was a Derogatory 19th Century Reference to Catholics who Practiced Penitential Abstinence from Eating Meat on Friday 
  • Penance is a voluntary Self-Punishment Assumed as an Outward Expression of Repentance for Having Sinned
  • Abstaining from Meat on Fridays is a Form of Penance
  • Lent is the Season of Personal Preparation for Easter
  • Yearlong Friday Abstinence Helps to Continually Unify Us With the Passion of Christ
  • Let’s All be “Mackerel Snappers”; Let’s Make it a Positive Reference to Modern Catholics Who Love the Lord

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