Slow motion is a classic movie trope. It signals something important. That we need to pay attention or we'll miss something.
Because it’s so different, so detailed, slow motion makes it feel like we’re seeing something for the first time. Even though we’ve seen it before hundreds of times.
With the procession on Palm Sunday, things got different at Mass.
With the Passion Gospel, everything slowed down. To signal something important. That we need to pay attention or we'll miss something.
Triduum goes even further. It puts the Mass itself into slow motion.
Everything that happens during Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday) is all packed into the Mass on any given Sunday.
Like watching something in slow motion, and feeling like it's the first time you've really seen it.
Triduum is kind of like that. It shows us the Mass, in a way that feels like it's the first time we've really seen it.
More on this tomorrow.