Rosie Whalley and Mike Burrows attended the Easter Triduum Day Retreats run by Animate Youth Ministries during Holy Week. Here they reflect on their experiences.
Each year for the Easter Triduum, a group of young people gather together at Lowe House, the home of Animate Youth Ministries, to reflect upon the events of Holy Week through prayer and fun activities exploring the passion.
As part of the Maundy Thursday reflections, we made unleavened bread whilst discussing the Lord’s Last Supper and recreated the scene through our own interpretations using sculpting clay and even chocolate bars borrowed from the tuck shop. We then had the chance to join in with the local parish Mass at St. Mary’s, Lowe House.
On Good Friday we travelled as a group to Preston to join with the wider Christian community in the televised ‘Preston Passion’. It was a great opportunity to engage with others and look at the Passion story in a different way. We again joined the local parish for the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion.
On Holy Saturday, we gathered together to discuss the final part of Triduum through games and crafts; making bracelets explaining the life of Jesus, painting eggs with different symbols of our faith and making stained glass windows for Easter decorations. We then took part in the Easter Vigil, waving flags, streamers and participating within the Mass to celebrate the most wonderful part of the Church year.
The Triduum overall is a fantastic way to learn about Holy Week and why it means so much to the catholic community. Sean Marsden, 15, said that ‘the days have been excellent and I’ve learnt lots of new things.’ Tom Platt, 19, part of the Animate team who ran the retreats said ‘the Triduum retreats have enabled the young people to explore the true meaning of this season, by giving them the opportunity to put themselves in the place of the disciples, in an engaging and enjoyable fashion.’
We have both attended the Triduum for the past three years and really enjoyed the things we have been involved in. It is a great way to share our faith with others and making some great friends whilst learning about Jesus’ love.
See more pictures of the Animate Easter Triduum here