Ampleforth Abbey

25 February 2018

Sacred Triduum 2017

See the Homilies section for the texts of Fr Prior's homilies for this Triduum's liturgies.


Retreat Conferences: 'Prayer in the Rule of St Benedict' (Fr Gabriel)


This year's Easter Triduum retreat was given by Fr Gabriel Everitt OSB. Here are the texts of Fr Gabriel's conferences:

Talk I: Listen with the ear of the heart (Maundy Thursday)

Talk II: One remedy remains: to pray for him (Good Friday)

Talk III: Let them learn some of the Psalter (Holy Saturday I)

Talk IV: Easter in the Rule - 'let us look forward to Easter with joy and spiritual longing' (Holy Saturday II)

Homily before the Good Friday Service of Reconciliation

Supplementary Talks

“Wrestling with Angels” – Long-haul discipleship (Fr Oswald)


Archive: Sacred Triduum 2013

Many guests join us for the celebration of the Sacred Triduum, arriving on Maundy Thursday in time for the Mass of the Lord's Supper, and departing on Easter Monday after Mass.

During the weekend, guests can participate in a number of retreat conferences, given by one of the monks. This year, the conferences were given by Fr Oswald McBride OSB, who is vocations director for the Ampleforth Community. The theme of his talks was:

"This is My Body" - a series of reflections on the Passion and Easter story, considering the Eucharist,
the mystery of Christian suffering and Christian death
and what it means to be called
to be part of the Church today.

The text of Fr Oswald's conferences can be found below, beginning with a homily for Palm Sunday, which served as an introduction to the talks proper.

Palm Sunday (Introduction)

Talk I: Maundy Thursday

Talk II: Good Friday

Good Friday Penance Service

Talk III: Holy Saturday I

Talk IV: Holy Saturday II

                                                                                                                          Homily at Mass on Easter Monday