Slow Motion.

One of the classic movie tropes is slow motion.  It lets us know that what's happening is important, that there's a lot going on and we need to pay attention or we'll miss something.  Because it's so different, seeing something in slow motion can feel like it's the first time we've really seen it. 
 

With the procession on Palm Sunday, things got different at Mass.  And with the Passion Gospel, everything slowed down.  It lets us know that what's happening is important, that there's a lot going on and we need to pay attention or we'll miss something. 

Holy Week continues what Palm Sunday started, and 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. 

It's like watching an explosion 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.