Triduum Take 3 workshop will focus on Good Friday

What to do about Good Friday? Of the three parts of the one Triduum liturgy, Good Friday is the most popular. The 3pm service is that religious moment that still attracts significant numbers of people who wish to mark Easter in some way. Come along on Saturday 23 February to explore together the key pastoral and liturgical issues parishes face in preparing and celebrating Good Friday.

Triduum Take 3 – The Passion of the Lord will be the third workshop in the Triduum formation series the Diocesan Liturgy Council has been running since 2016. We began by exploring the Triduum as a whole, then in 2018 focused on the Easter Vigil, paying particular attention to the complexities of initiation.

The Triduum Take 3The Passion of the Lord workshop will take the form of a conversation engaging the wisdom and experience of participants in exploring the most significant issues and questions regarding Good Friday, such as:

  • if the Triduum is one liturgy, how many Good Friday services does a multi-church parish have?
  • who presides at the Good Friday Service?
  • is it possible for lay people to lead the Good Friday service and, if so, what order of service are they using?
  • what else is scheduled in the parish in addition to the 3PM service?

These questions should get us started and we hope participants will add to the list.

As good liturgists, we will look to the Good Friday liturgy and any relevant documents for wisdom to inform our conversation. It is hoped that by the end of the morning participants will have reflected on their issues and questions and be ready to finalise their Good Friday liturgy.

As usual, all members of the community are welcome. However, this event is most suitable for clergy, liturgy teams, RCIA teams, liturgical ministers, RECs and Campus Ministry Coordinators.

The formation will take place on Saturday 23 February starting at 9.30AM and will run until 1PM in the Toohey Room at the Diocesan Offices in 841 Hunter Street, Newcastle West.  Morning tea will be provided. 

If you are interested in attending, please bring a copy of your 2018 Good Friday liturgy to ensure your questions are considered. To register your interest in attending, or if you would like this workshop to run in your region, please contact Sharon Murphy:


Phone: 02 4979 1134

If you require additional resources to assist your parish in planning for its Easter ceremonies, you can access them here.

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