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Journeying Through the Triduum: Reflections on Living Out Holy Week in the Capuchin Franciscan Tradition

As we embark on the sacred journey of Holy Week, we are invited to enter into the profound mystery of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection. The Triduum—the three holiest days of the liturgical year—calls us to walk alongside Jesus on His path to Calvary and to embrace the transformative power of His love and sacrifice.

In the Capuchin Franciscan tradition, Holy Week holds a special significance as we strive to live out the Gospel values of poverty, humility, and fraternity. Inspired by the example of St. Francis of Assisi, who found solace and strength in the contemplation of Christ’s suffering, we are called to embrace the Triduum as a time of profound spiritual renewal and conversion.

As we journey through the Triduum, let us reflect on three key aspects of living out Holy Week in the Capuchin Franciscan tradition:

  1. Prayer: Holy Week invites us to deepen our prayer life and to enter into communion with God through contemplation and reflection. Just as Jesus withdrew to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray before His passion, let us carve out moments of silence and solitude to unite our hearts with His. Whether through the Stations of the Cross, the Liturgy of the Hours, or personal prayer, let us seek to encounter the presence of the crucified and risen Lord in our midst.
  2. Sacrifice: The Triduum challenges us to embrace the spirit of sacrifice and self-denial as we accompany Jesus on His journey to the cross. Like St. Francis, who embraced poverty and simplicity as a means of drawing closer to Christ, let us willingly embrace the crosses that we bear and offer them up in union with Christ’s sacrifice for the redemption of the world. Through acts of charity, fasting, and almsgiving, let us imitate the sacrificial love of Jesus and bear witness to the transformative power of the cross.
  3. Fraternity: Holy Week calls us to deepen our bonds of fraternity and solidarity with one another as members of the Body of Christ. Just as Jesus washed the feet of His disciples and shared the Last Supper with them in an act of humble service and love, let us strive to emulate His example by serving one another with humility and compassion. Let us seek reconciliation and forgiveness with those whom we have wronged, and extend mercy and compassion to those who are in need.

As we journey through the Triduum in the Capuchin Franciscan tradition, let us open our hearts to the grace and mercy of God, and allow ourselves to be transformed by the power of Christ’s resurrection. May this holy season be a time of renewal and rebirth, as we strive to live lives of faith, love, and service in imitation of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


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