The Triduum is a special and sacred time of year. But what exactly is the Triduum? The Easter Triduum is a sacred time for Catholics around the world, and Daylesford Abbey, located in Paoli, Pennsylvania, is no exception. This Norbertine monastery has a rich history and is home to a community of monks who live a life of prayer, work, and service to others.
During the Easter Triduum, the monks of Daylesford Abbey gather to celebrate the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to reflect on their own vocations.
On Holy Thursday, the priests and brothers of Daylesford Abbey gather in the abbey church to commemorate the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. They wash each other’s feet, just as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, as a sign of their humility and willingness to serve others. During the Mass, they also celebrate the institution of the Eucharist, which is at the heart of the Catholic faith.
Good Friday is a solemn day of fasting and prayer for Catholics around the world, and the monks of Daylesford Abbey are no exception. They gather in the church to venerate the cross and to remember the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for all of humanity. The liturgy is simple and powerful, and it reminds the monks of the importance of self-sacrifice and service to others.
Holy Saturday is a day of waiting and preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.
The priests and brothers of Daylesford Abbey spend this day in quiet reflection, preparing themselves for the joyous celebration to come. They also participate in the Easter Vigil, which is the most important liturgy of the Catholic Church. During the Vigil, they light the Paschal candle, read from the Old Testament, and celebrate the baptism of new members into the Church.
Easter Sunday is a day of great rejoicing for Catholics around the world, and the monks of Daylesford Abbey are no exception.
The Norbertine Community at Daylesford Abbey invites you to join us for prayer, Mass and special Triduum conferences. Click here to learn more.