Today the Church . . . celebrates “the day of the tradition,” the consecrated day on which our Lord was handed over, and on which he handed on the mystery rite of his body and blood. The words tradere and traditio glide back and forth between the light and darkness of their two meanings when the liturgy is being celebrated.
In either case the word refers to one “giving.” Trado means I give something away wholly, and hand it out of my possession to another. . . .
Such a thing was entrusted to the disciples, given by God himself: Jesus the God-man and in him God bodily present, the good news of the Father's agapé, and through Jesus—this is the burden of today's traditio which is also given to us through the apostles, the first fruits of the Church—the mysterium of the eucharistic bread and wine, Christ's flesh and blood, the sacrifice which reconciles and gives us life, the food which makes us immortal.
A. Löhr, The Great Week, p. 89-90. Quoted in Kirby, Mark Daniel. "The Proper Chants of the Paschal Triduum in the Gradual Romanum: A Study in Liturgical Theology"
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