Triduum, Year C


The Institute for Worship and Outreach is providing this seasonal resource to aid parish pastors in their worship planning. Many other worship planning resources are available, including, but not limited to, what can be found at the Synod’s Commission on Worship home page. The specific purpose of this resource is to give parish pastors ideas and resources that are:

  • Accessible. We aim to provide musical suggestions with which just about any congregation with any level of musical talent can work.
  • Supplemental. We don’t aim to reinvent the wheel or duplicate what’s being done elsewhere. For example, you won’t find a full array of hymn suggestions, since those can be found in the recently-revised Planning Christian Worship series. Most often, suggestions for musical settings of the psalm of the day will not mention any of the Christian Worship resources (hymnal, new service settings booklet, supplement), since we assume pastors are aware of those.
  • Practical. We aim to give you ideas, resources, even bulletin material that you can easily use. Feel free to copy and paste as much as you want.


    After six weeks of Lent, the Christian Year has now reached its climax. We have come to the celebration of the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the celebration for which we have been preparing throughout Lent. Now we see what our Savior came to do. St. Augustine called these days of special observance, “the most holy Triduum of the crucified, buried, and risen Lord.” (Triduum is Latin for three days.) These days have long been understood as the climax of the Church’s year. As we celebrate these Three Holy Days, our worship is really a single service, celebrated over three days, which will take us through our Savior‘s suffering to his glorious triumph on Easter.

    Click here for the full PDF of the Triduum planning document.

  • Rev. Jonathan P. Bauer

    Jonathan Bauer serves at Good News Lutheran Church, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin.

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