Pope Francis announces directives for the Triduum

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 2:16pm

by Rita Thiron

Executive Director, FDLC


The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has published the Holy Father's directives for the celebration of the Sacred Paschal Triduum 2020. 

Where civil authorities have prohibited the gathering of people, the priests may celebrate the elements of the Triduum. The Holy Father encourages that the people are to be informed of the time and that television or internet broadcasts are to be made available wherever possible.

Some highlights:

  • The date of Easter may not be changed nor transferred.
  • The Chrism Mass may be held at a later date.
  • Where the Triduum is celebrated without a congregation, "it must be celebrated in the following ways..."
  • EVENING MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER -- no footwashing [It's optional anyway]; there is to be no procession with the Blessed Sacrament and it should be reposed in the tabernacle.
  • GOOD FRIDAY -- Add a special Solemn Intercession "for the sick, the dead, the lost or dismayed" (Missale Romanum no. 13) 
  • a) Preparation and lighting of the fire is omitted; Paschal Candle is lit, procession omitted, then Exultet is sung.
  • b) The Liturgy of the Word follows.
  • c) The Baptismal Liturgy will only include the Renewal of Baptismal promises.
  • d) The Liturgy of the Eucharist as usual with the Easter Preface.
  • The faithful are encouraged to pray the Office of Readings for Easter Sunday.

The full text of the Decree may be found at http://www.cultodivino.va/content/cultodivino/it/documenti/decreti-generali/decreti-generali/2020/decreto-triduo-pasquale-2020.html  It is published in several languages, please scroll through to find English.

Please remember that you can always fully initiate your Elect at a later time (see The Lectionary for “Initiation Apart from Easter Vigil”, -- Lectionary nos. 751-755 and the Ritual Mass “For the Conferral of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation” #3).  Candidates for Reception into Full Communion may be welcomed nearly any Sunday of the year (Lectionary no. 761-763).

Please contact your local Office of Worship for directives from your own (Arch)Bishop.