FaithND | April 4, 2015
The Easter Triduum, marking the days of Jesus’ passion and resurrection, is the most important time of the church year. The term is used to denote, collectively, the three days from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday.
Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, when Jesus instituted the Eucharist. We read Gospel of John, which includes the washing of the disciples' feet by Jesus. This gesture is repeated by the priest, who washes the feet of a number of those present at the liturgy. The Holy Thursday celebration ends in silence and darkness as the community focuses on the mystery of Christ’s death and resurrection.