Goal for the Life Night:
The goal for this night is to immerse the teens into the celebration of the Triduum through prayer and reflection of each day—Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The teens will experience the richness of the traditions of the Church that will help them enter more fully into the three days of the Triduum.
Life Night at a Glance:
This Life Night is broken up into three different parts—Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Each part will have a structure of a shorter Life Night. Instead of the normal 75 minutes, this night is written to last about 90 minutes. The atmosphere for this night should remain quiet, prayerful and reflective.
The night begins with Holy Thursday in a small room. After a Scripture reflection, the teaching will help the teens understand what the Triduum is and how Holy Thursday celebrates the institution of both the Eucharist and the priesthood. The teens will move into short a time of Eucharistic Adoration to give thanks for these gifts. After Adoration the teens will move into the Good Friday environment where they will start with a Scripture reflection about the Passion and death of Jesus. The teaching helps the teens understand the free gift of salvation won for them on the cross. After the teaching, the teens will have a time of veneration of the cross. After they venerate the cross, the teens will move into the Holy Saturday environment. After a scripture reflection, the teaching will focus on what it means to wait in hope. The night will end with a time of individual, silent prayer and reflection.