At Home Mini Retreat for the Triduum
Below you will find some short, powerful videos and a special, highly recommended Scripture walk with Jesus.
Take your time with these resources and enter in to deeper meditation and contemplation of what Jesus did for us....
A Scriptural journey with Jesus through His Passion, Death and Resurrection
Use a prayer method that St. Ignatius of Loyola developed and encouraged others to use, called "Gospel Contemplation" or "Lectio Divina," (Divine Reading). Basically--it's using your active imagination to let the Scriptures come alive to you, or as I like to think of it, pretend you are directing the movie of the Gospel story you are reading--what do you notice, how would you portray it. After all, these Gospel stories are real events that took place, and were written down by eye-witnesses, they are the fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Bible is truly the Word of God....it's up to us to let those words penetrate our hearts, to sit with them, to enter the scene and read between the lines--what were the smells, the sounds, the feelings, emotions, the looks in the eyes of the apostles and of Jesus? Ask Jesus questions--how did He feel when He washed the apostles feet or when He broke the Bread at the Last Supper, when Peter denied Him, when Judas kissed Him? What did He think about when was sweating Blood in fear in the garden of Gethsemane? And what gave Him courage to carry the cross in such agony? Ask HIM...take time to pray with these Scriptures and let them not just be words on a page, but the heart of God speaking to your heart and your heart speaking back.
Here are some practical steps:
1) Pray--ask the Holy Spirit to guide your reading, your imagination, to show You something new, to draw you closer to God as you read and meditate on what you are reading.
2)Read the Scripture passage once slowly, and then again even slower--inserting your imagination of the scene, asking the questions of God that come to your heart. Take your time. Maybe do less Scriptures with more time for each....stop and mull over the words.
3)Write down what sticks out to you, or what you think God is trying to say to you. Talk to Him about it, write down your questions and His answers, etc.
Suggested Scriptures for the next days (these are many (not all) of the places where you can find passages about what happened--what Jesus said and did on these days of the Triduum some 2000 years ago)--it is not intended that you read all of them, but just the ones you feel led to read--quality over quantity.
Last Supper: Mark 14: 12-3, Luke 22: 1-38, Matthew 26: 17-35 *similar accounts of the last supper in all the Synoptic Gospels, but with some added details from each author.
John Chapters 13-17 (Washing of the Feet, Last supper, Jesus' Last words), John 6: 22-71 (Not at the Last Supper, but the Bread of Life Discourse about the Eucharist, that the apostles probably recalled as Jesus broke the bread at the Last Supper),
Agony in the Garden and arrest: Luke 22:39-71, Matthew 26:36-75, Mark 14:32-72, John 18: 1-18
John 18:19-19:42, Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23
If you don't have a Bible at home you can get free access to the entire Bible online here
On Good Friday, the movie The Passion of the Christ is a very powerful one to pray with (for those who haven't seen it yet, it is rated R for violence and may not be appropriate for children). Below is a short, powerful song, "Lead me to the Cross" that is set to scenes from the Passion *again a warning of a graphic depiction of Jesus' suffering.
Also, check out Jim Caviezel, who played Jesus in the Passion, sharing a short testimony about the making of the movie and how he was struck by lightning during the shoot...