At his public audience on Wednesday, March 31, Pope Benedict XVI offered a preview of the Easter Triduum, during which the Church will be "living through the holy days that invite us to meditate upon the central events of our Redemption, the essential nucleus of our faith."
The liturgical events of Holy Thursday begin with the Chrism Mass, which will have a special significance during this Year for Priests, the Pope said. He urged all the world's priests to be "heralds of hope, reconciliation, and peace."
This year, it also happens that this week marks the Jewish observance of Passover, the celebration of the Jews' passing over to freedom from the bondage of slavery they suffered in Egypt. This event was a historical manifestation of God's power recognized by Jews and Christians alike.
May this week of Holy Days bring blessings and peace to all.