2 questions from Mary

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Question from Joe on 5/9/2008:

In our diocese, we have been taught that, at the beginning of the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, Lent ends and the Triduum begins. The Triduum ends after Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.

There might be some confusion on the part of many concerning the paschal fast of the Triduum. This is an "anticipatory" fast, unlike the penitential fast of Lent.
Answer by David Gregson on 5/21/2008:

Some treat the Triduum as distinct from Lent, but if so, Lent ceases to be 40 days (Ash Wednesday to the Easter Vigil, exclusive of Sundays). The weight of Tradition clearly favors the 40 days. Moreover, if the Triduum is a liturgical season of its own, does Easter Sunday have to wait until the Triduum is over? Obviously not. The conclusion? The Triduum is a not liturgical season of its own. It overlaps both the end of Lent and the beginning of Eastertide.

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