Welcome to the website of the Dominican Friars, The Vicariate of Eastern Africa
We are a Catholic Community of brothers witnessing to Jesus Christ and called by the Spirit to establish Dominican life in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan! We preach the Gospel and form young men into religious life following the spirit of our founder St. Dominic! We are committed to a process of critical integration of values derived from the variety of cultures we represent, so as to respond to the needs of the Church and society in Eastern Africa.
We hope that this website will inform you about our life and what we do here in Eastern Africa. We also invite you to partner with us in our mission of love and service to God’s people in this parts of the continent.
Holy Week is the annual Christian observance commemorating Jesus’ last week on earth and the events leading up to his resurrection on Easter Sunday. It is the final week of Lent, and the week prior to Easter Sunday.
Holy Week commences on Palm Sunday and ends on Holy Saturday. It includes the Christian observances and solemn holidays of Holy Thursday and Holy Friday (Good Friday).
Holy Week does not include Easter Sunday. Easter Sunday, the first day of Easter Week, immediately follows Holy Week and is its culmination – a day of joyous celebration.
What is Triduum, and why is it so important?
It comes from Latin roots that mean, essentially, “the three days” or “period of three days” (tri- = three, -dies = days).
Today it refers to the liturgical season that follows Lent and precedes the Easter season.
According to the main document governing the celebrations connected with Easter, Paschales Solemnitatis:
38. . . . This time is called “the triduum of the crucified, buried and risen”; it is also called the “Easter Triduum” because during it is celebrated the Paschal Mystery, that is, the passing of the Lord from this world to his Father.
When does Triduum begin and end?
According to the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar:
19. The Easter triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes with evening prayer on Easter Sunday.
This means that Triduum thus runs from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday.
It thus includes three full days, though since the season doesn’t begin at midnight, these three days are distributed as follows:
The last part of Holy Thursday
The first part of Easter Sunday