To be honest, I've never been a fan of the Triduum. For Catholics, this means four services in as many days, including a two hour service on Holy Saturday for the Easter Vigil. I know that to many other faiths, this doesn't seem like a lot. But those who are used to a service that lasts ONE HOUR TO THE SECOND each Sunday, it asks a lot.
But it should ask a lot of us. The Easter season is the most important time in the Catholic calendar. What more could we ask for our Savior than to lay down his life for us?
So really, I should just get over myself. A friend asked me to attend Holy Thursday services with her and so I'm going, even though I've never been before. And I'll also be attending the Easter Vigil service at my new parish. Because I was asked to lector.
Yup - it'll be a baptism by fire. I don't even quite know where to stand [although I watched them REALLY carefully this Sunday] or how loud to speak into the microphone to be heard BUT nevertheless - I'll be reading part of the Genesis story on Saturday night. She wanted someone who could proclaim well, because it's such an important reading at an important service. I was honored.
I'm also really excited to be a part of the Vigil that will bring in new members to the Church. I remember my confirmation when I was inducted as an adult and it was a really special day.