1. The Easter Solemnity, revised and restored by Pius XII in 1951, and then the Order of Holy Week in 1955 were favorably received
by the Church of the Roman Rite. 
The Second Vatican Council, especially in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, repeatedly drawing
upon tradition, called attention to Christ's paschal mystery and pointed out that it is the font from which all
sacraments and sacramentals draw their power. 
2. Just as the week has its beginning and climax in the celebration of Sunday, which always has a paschal
character, so the summit of the whole liturgical year is in the sacred Easter Triduum of the passion and resurrection
of the Lord,  which is prepared for by the period of Lent and prolonged for fifty days.
3. In many parts of the Christian world, the faithful followers of Christ, with their pastors, attach great
importance to the celebration of this rite and participate in it with great spiritual gain.
However, in some areas where initially the reform of the Easter Vigil was received enthusiastically, it would
appear that with the passage of time this enthusiasm has begun to wain. The very concept of the Vigil has almost
come to be forgotten in some places, with the result that it is celebrated as if it were an evening Mass, in the
same way and at the same time as the Mass celebrated on Saturday evening in anticipation of the Sunday.
It also happens that the celebrations of the Triduum are not held at the correct times. This is because certain
devotions and pious exercises are held at more convenient times and so the faithful participate in them rather than in
the liturgical celebrations.
Without any doubt, one of the principal reasons for this state of affairs is the inadequate formation given to
the clergy and the faithful regarding the paschal mystery as the center of the liturgical year and of Christian
4. The holiday period which, in many places today, cioncides with Holy Week and certain attitudes held by present
day society concur to present difficulties for the faithful to participate in these celebrations.
5. With these points in mind, the Congregation for Divine Worship, after due consideration, thinks that it is
a fitting moment to recall certain elements, doctrinal and pastoral, and various norms that have already been
published concerning Holy Week. All those details that are given in the liturgical books concerning Lent, Holy Week,
the Easter Triduum, and Paschal time retain their full force, unless otherwise stated in this document.
It is the aim of this document that the great mystery of our redemption be celebrated in the best possible
way, so that the faithful may participate in it with ever greater spiritual advantage.